Louise Edwards, Hub Manager, represented SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and Academia Europaea at a high-profile event held at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences on 23rd May. The meeting brought together a number of Portuguese experts to examine the Food from the Oceans reports, published through the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism last November.
The European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisers was represented by Professor Elvira Fortunato, who briefly introduced the Scientific Advice Mechanism and the work of the Group. She was followed by Louise Edwards, who described the role of academies in producing the SAPEA Evidence Review Report, highlighting the rigour of the review process and the success of outreach events.
SAPEA’s Evidence Review Report was summarised by Professor Yngvar Olsen, a member of the working group. In response, comments were given by Ricardo Serrao Santos, a member of the European Parliament, confirming the relevance of the reports to the policy agenda and reflecting on some of the recommendations made.
Following the break, there were several complementary presentations by members of the Portuguese research community. Francisco Andrade (University of Lisbon) gave a fascinating talk on costs, both financial and environmental, to produce a plate of sardines. Antonio Marques (Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) described the Seafood Tomorrow project, which is investigating innovative solutions to today’s challenges. To close, Antonio Jose Marques da Silva gave a highly pertinent presentation on the cultural role of seafood and its link to consumer preferences.
There was lively audience discussion, which will be presented, along with the speakers’ papers, in a forthcoming report.