Making decisions at times of uncertainty, by Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE

Making decisions at times of uncertainty, by Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE



Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE tells us about his research on decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and his contribution to the recent evidence review on ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy’, coordinated by Academia Europaea.

About Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE

Nils-Eric Sahlin
Photo courtesy of Mikael Risedal

Professor Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE is the former Chair of the Swedish Research Council’s Expert Group on Ethics and a current member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE).  He was a member of the SAPEA international working group that produced the Evidence Review Report, Making Sense of Science for Policy under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty (SAPEA, 2019), which was coordinated by Academia Europaea.





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Working at the interface between academia and policy, by Barbara Prainsack MAE

Working at the interface between academia and policy, by Barbara Prainsack MAE


Professor Barbara Prainsack MAE shares her experiences of the vital relationship between academia and policy.


About Barbara Prainsack

Barbara Prainsack is a Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and Professor of Sociology at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. A political scientist, her expertise lies at the interface of policy and biomedicine and life science, and policy and forensics respectively. In 2017 Professor Prainsack was appointed by President Jean-Claude Juncker to be a Member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, advising the European Commission. She was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2019.

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A successful workshop at the Royal Irish Academy on Making Sense of Science for Policy

A successful workshop at the Royal Irish Academy on Making Sense of Science for Policy


On 11th February, a well-attended workshop took place at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, to discuss the recent Making Sense of Science for Policy report and its implications for policymaking at European and national level. 

Speakers at the workshop included Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer (Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors); Professor Ole Petersen (Vice-President, Academia Europaea); Professor Maria Baghramian (SAPEA Working Group) and Professor Peter Halligan (Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales).

From left to right: Professor Peter Halligan, Dr Cliona Murphy, Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Professor Maria Baghramian, Professor Peter Kennedy and Professor Ole Petersen

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Making Sense of Science for Policy; panel discussion at University of Cambridge

Making Sense of Science for Policy; panel discussion at University of Cambridge

Join us for a panel discussion on ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty’.

You are invited to join us at Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) where a panel from SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) will discuss their recent report ‘Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty‘ addressing the question of how to provide good science advice to policymakers.


Making sense of science

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Evidence-informed policy: a Norwegian perspective

Evidence-informed policy: a Norwegian perspective

A seminar hosted by Academia Europaea Bergen Hub assesses the findings of the SAPEA report ‘Making sense of science for policy’ and reflects on what insights might be applied to science advice in Norway


The Academia Europaea Bergen Hub has hosted a successful seminar in Oslo, in collaboration with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.  The seminar, held on 4th November at the House of Literature, assessed the findings of the recent SAPEA report, Making sense of science for policy and reflected on what insights might be applied to the science advice process in Norway.

Prof Eystein Jansen, Director of the AE Bergen Hub, welcomes all to the seminar
Prof Eystein Jansen, Director of the AE Bergen Hub, welcomes all to the seminar

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‘Making sense of science for policy’ report will be promoted at the EMBL Science and Society Conference

‘Making sense of science for policy’ report will be promoted at the EMBL Science and Society Conference

EMBL Society and Conference logo
European Molecular Biology Laboratory

The AE Cardiff Hub is very happy to be a media partner of the 20th European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) ‘Science and Society Conference: Science as Storytelling: From Facts to Fictions‘, which will be held on 24 – 25 October 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany. 

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Science advice is critical to democracy and our way of life

Science advice is critical to democracy and our way of life

Optimising the relationship between scientists and policymakers, publishing a code of good practice on science advice and involving stakeholders more effectively are all ways of strengthening science advice for policy, according to the panel at a European Commission meeting in Brussels on 26th September.


Panel discussion on science for policy

Three recently-published reports on science advice were the focal point for the panel discussion, part of the Policy Conference at the European Research and Innovation Days (24th-26th September).

The scientific opinion by the EU Chief Scientific Advisors are presented to the public Left to right: Dr Piotr Kwiecinski, Louise Edwards, Professor Pearl Dykstra, Professor Ortwin Renn, Dr David Mair, and Professor Sierd Cloetingh
The three reports are presented to the public. Left to right: Dr Piotr Kwiecinski, Louise Edwards, Professor Pearl Dykstra, Professor Ortwin Renn, Dr David Mair, and Professor Sierd Cloetingh

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Update on the launch of the SAPEA Evidence Review Report ‘Making sense of science for policy’

Update on the launch of the SAPEA Evidence Review Report ‘Making sense of science for policy’

The latest SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) Evidence Review Report, Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty, was coordinated by the Cardiff Hub and published on 9th July 2019.

In the month after the launch, the report has featured in 16 articles Europe-wide, including Research Professional (with over 280,000 registered users worldwide) and Cardiff University’s website.

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Cardiff Hub Oversees Completion of new Evidence Review on Science Advice for Policy

Cardiff Hub Oversees Completion of new Evidence Review on Science Advice for Policy

The AE Cardiff Hub has overseen the completion of the Evidence Review Report Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty for the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) as part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The report has been launched on Tuesday 9th July 2019.

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