In 2015, the European Commission set up a new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), to support the Commission with high-quality, timely and independent scientific advice for policymaking. It draws on a wide range of expertise, including a High-Level Group of independent scientific advisors. The SAM Unit in the Commission has sought a closer relationship with the European academies and is keen to see improved networking and coordination between them.
Through the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) project, a consortium of five pan-European academies will work together to produce scientific advice for policy and develop shared knowledge resources. Academia Europaea is one of the consortium partners and the Cardiff Knowledge Hub will deliver most of the required work on its behalf. SAPEA started on 1st November 2016 and is a four-year project.