As the independent voice of European excellence in Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology, Euro-CASE is dedicated to providing evidence-based policy advice with a clear European dimension. Moreover, Euro-CASE is one of the five partner Academy Networks in the SAPEA Consortium (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) which is part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission. SAM provides independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision making. SAPEA brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise from over 100 academies, young academies and learned societies in over 40 countries across Europe, spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences.
On behalf of the Consortium, Euro-CASE produced the SAPEA Evidence Review Report on CCU: ‘Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects’, one of the seven reports published so far by SAPEA. The CCU report followed a request by Commissioner Arias Cañete (former Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy). It was published together with the Scientific Opinion of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to guide future policy decisions of the European Commission in that area. It has been instrumental in the position of the commission on CCU in the “Clean Planet for All” programme issued in November 2018.
The Euro-CASE Energy platform under the chairmanship of Eberhard Umbach proposed working on a systemic approach to the energy system in Europe. This proposal was taken up by the Scientific Advice Mechanism and the European Commission. Euro-CASE is now the Lead Academy Network for the SAPEA Evidence Review Report “A systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe”. The report is expected to be published in spring 2021 and will contribute to The European Green Deal of the European Commission.
It is important for me to mention that the seventh successful EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium was held on November 18 – 20, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden in partnership with the US National Academy of Engineering and Euro-CASE. It is essential that we offer young engineers and scientists this unique opportunity to participate in such an enriching transatlantic exchange.
Against the background that technology-driven societal changes such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotisation will change our lives and impact the labour markets, Euro-CASE held its last Annual Conference on the Future of Work and the Contents of Jobs, in October 2019 in Oslo, Norway. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our friends at the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) for the insights raised at this conference which has resulted in the setting up of a new Platform “Future of Work”. In addition, the Euro-CASE Platform Engineering Education seeks to provide an engineer’s perspective and understanding of the current state and future of engineering education in Europe.
Europe and the world are currently facing a health crisis due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and academies of technical sciences across Europe are contributing to tackling this pandemic. For more information on the role of European academies in the fight against COVID-19 outbreak visit: https://www.euro-case.org/coronavirus-19/.
Together with our member academies, we will strive to further strengthen the structures of Euro-CASE and to consolidate its role as partner of the European Commission in providing evidence-based policy advice.
I very much look forward to embracing new opportunities and challenges.
Prof. Reinhard Hüttl
Chairman of Euro-CASE