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 four reports published so far by SAPEA. The CCU report followed a request by Commissioner Arias Cañete (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 last November.
In addition, Euro-CASE works with three platforms: Energy, Engineering Education, and Innovation.
The Innovation Platform, under the Chairmanship of Pr. Bertrand van Ee, has just issued its final report that infuses new ideas for a continuation of the platform.
The Energy Platform, under the chairmanship of Pr. Umbach, is working on the current energy situation in Europe in terms of national strategies and is contributing to the future SAPEA Bottom up Topic on Energy in 2019.
I would like to thank our colleagues from the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic who worked on the Engineering Education Platform up to 2016. Since then the tasks have been continued by our colleagues from the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia, under the chairmanship of Pr. Petrovitch. The Platform will seek to provide an engineer’s perspective and understanding of the current state and future of engineering education in Europe.
It is important for me to mention that in November 2017, the sixth successful EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium was held at the University of California in Davis, California, in partnership with the US National Academy of Engineering and Euro-CASE. It is important that we offer young engineers and scientists this unique opportunity to participate in such an enriching transatlantic exchange.
Against the background that several states and the European Commission published Artificial Intelligence strategies or established government bodies dedicated to fostering the technology, Euro-CASE held its 2018 Annual Conference on “How will Artificial Intelligence shape our Future” in Zurich on September 24. Thank you to our friends from the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and our partners from business for the insights raised at this conference in cutting-edge developments and the latest AI-based services and business applications.
Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Executive Committee for their valuable contributions. Together, 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 am very much looking forward to embracing new opportunities and challenges.