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SAM: Scientific Advice Mechanism

17.03.2016, Presidents of the European Academy Networks meet EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors
29.01.2016First meeting of the newly-formed High Level Group of Scientific Advisors
October 2015, the European Commission launched a Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) Call specifically addressed to the five above mentioned organisations.
26.03.2015, in presence of the Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, Presidents of five European academy organisations (AE, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-CASE and FEAM) met in Berlin to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen inter-academy cooperation in Europe.
27.10.2016: SAPEA project submitted to the European Commission
22.11.2016: Approval of the Grant Application for the SAPEA project by the European Commission. 


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The objective of the SAM is to ensure that the Commission has access to the best possible scientific advice, independent of institutional or political interests. It will bring together evidence and insight from different disciplines and approaches, take into consideration the specificities of EU policy making, and ensure transparency. It will complement the in-house scientific services of the Joint Research Centre and existing specialist committees.
A grant of €6 million over 4 years for European networks of academies and learned societies is included in the 2016 work programme within Horizon 2020. The grant will support academies to collaborate across Europe in providing science advice for policy.

The consortium of 5 networks welcomed the project. Jos van der Meer, President of EASAC, accepted to chair the consortium for the first year. Under his Chairmanship the Consortium has constructed the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) project. One of our partners, ALLEA, has described the meaning of the SAPEA project on its website:

This project was submitted to the European Commission on October 27, 2016. It was approved the Commission's authorities on November 22, 2016. For the second year Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, was elected to chair the Consortium. 


At the same time; with the objective of interacting with the SAPEA consortium, the Commission has decided to set up a High Level Group (HLG) composed of 7 brilliant scientists selected following an open call for nominations and recommendations from an independent identification committee. A complete, updated information, including the list oàf the HLG members cand be found:

  • Janusz M. Bujnicki, Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw
  • Pearl Dykstra, Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
  • Elvira Fortunato, Professor, Materials Science Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology, NOVA University, Lisbon
  • Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Carina Keskitalo, Professor, Department of Geography and Economic History
  • Cédric Villani, Director, Henri Poincaré Institute, Paris
  • Henrik C. Wegener, Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Technical University of Denmark