Science Advice – What works in a Crisis?

Science Advice – What works in a Crisis?

2020’s Covid-19 outbreak has shone the spotlight on science advice like never before. How well are Europe’s science advice frameworks standing up to this major stress test?

Webinar: 16th September, 13:30 CEST, 12:30 BST UK


In 2019, the European Commission undertook a review of best practice in science advice, publishing a series of major reports. They included the Joint Research Centre and the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, together with a comprehensive evidence review by the consortium of Europe’s academies, SAPEA, which was coordinated by Academia Europaea. More recently, the Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies have issued a joint statement on science advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

About the webinar

In this 90-minute webinar, chief science advisers, experts and staff of the European Commission will reflect on how effectively Europe is rising to the challenge and what lessons can be learned for the future. They will share practical experiences of giving science advice in the face of unprecedented complexity, uncertainty and public visibility during the outbreak; as well as how best to apply science advice frameworks and practices to secure greater resilience in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Our panel of speakers

The webinar will be moderated by Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the Cardiff AE Hub, and hosted by SAPEA.

More about the INGSA Global Week of Dialogue

The webinar is part of the INGSA Global Week of Dialogue entitled ‘Science Advice & COVID-19: What are we learning?’ which takes place from 14th to 18th of September 2020. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation, will be the keynote for the Global Week of Dialogue. The full programme of events can be found here.

More about AE Cardiff’s work in Science Advice

As a member of the consortium of European academies (SAPEA), Academia Europaea coordinated a major evidence review on best practice in science advice.  The report, Making Sense of Science for Policy, is available here.

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