Nicole Grobert MAE elected Chair of EU Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Nicole Grobert MAE elected Chair of EU Group of Chief Scientific Advisors


Nicole Grobert, Professor of nanomaterials at the University of Oxford and Member of Academia Europaea, has been elected Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

The role of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) is to provide independent scientific advice to the European Commission across a diverse range of topics to inform policymaking and to provide recommendations to improve the interaction between policymaking and scientific advice.

Professor Nicole Grobert will succeed Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, also a member of Academia Europaea.

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SAPEA call for nominations on the topic Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment

SAPEA call for nominations on the topic Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment

Call for nominations for an international working group to conduct the evidence review

Biodegradability of Plastics: Plastic bottle in a beach


The European Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) provides independent and transparent scientific advice to the European Commission, working with a Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Academies (SAPEA). SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) comprises the five European Academy Networks: 

SAPEA represents over 100 Academies in more than 40 European countries, and spans all the major disciplines (including engineering, humanities, medicine, science and social sciences).

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors intends to produce a policy-based Scientific Opinion on the topic of Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment

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