Professor Nicole Grobert is appointed to European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Professor Nicole Grobert is appointed to European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Professor Nicole Grobert, former Young Academy of Europe (YAE) Chair, has been appointed to the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA).  Nicole is a Royal Society Industry Fellow, Professor of Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials in the University of Oxford and a visiting Professor at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Toyo University, Japan.

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Prof Mike Bowker, Cardiff University, contributes to Scientific Expert Workshop on “Carbon Capture and Utilisation”

Prof Mike Bowker, Cardiff University, contributes to Scientific Expert Workshop on “Carbon Capture and Utilisation”

We are delighted that Prof Mike Bowker, Professor of Surface Science at School of Chemistry Cardiff University and Deputy Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, is contributing to the Scientific Expert Workshop on “Carbon Capture and Utilisation” organised by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) today.

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Cardiff Hub oversees completion of the Food from the Oceans evidence review for the European Commission

Cardiff Hub oversees completion of the Food from the Oceans evidence review for the European Commission

The AE Cardiff Hub has overseen the compilation of the Evidence Review Report Food from the Oceans, which examines the question of how the ocean can help satisfy the global demand for food.  Handover to the European Commission took place on 29th November, in Brussels.  Two European Commissioners, Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation) were present.

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Professor Petersen in Hamburg public debate

Professor Petersen in Hamburg public debate

Following public events to promote the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) project on ‘Food from the Oceans’ in Bergen and Cardiff earlier in the year, a third public event was hosted in the city of Hamburg, Germany on 5th October.

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Crossing boundaries: new approaches to science for policy in Europe

Crossing boundaries: new approaches to science for policy in Europe

On Friday 13th October, a major symposium examined how global policy challenges are being addressed through evidence-based scientific advice.  The event was organised by the SAPEA (Science for Policy by European Academies) consortium, with Academia Europaea Cardiff responsible for shaping the programme.

Hosted at the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn, it was designed as a complementary event to the international conference, European Research Excellence: Impact and Value for Society, held the previous day.  Both took place as part of the programme of the Estonian Presidency of the European Council.  Over 30 countries were represented.

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Academia Europaea Hubs play key role at international academy workshops

Academia Europaea Hubs play key role at international academy workshops

Members of the Academia Europaea Hubs played an active role at a workshop designed to strengthen relationships between academies, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Madrid, on 21st-22nd September.  The workshops are an integral part of the SAPEA (Science for Policy by European Academies) project.

Louise Edwards and Esther Dorado-Ladera of the Cardiff Hub facilitated some of the sessions, as well as presenting Academia Europaea to the audience.  Dr Ricard Guerrero, the Academic Director of the Barcelona Hub, gave a fascinating talk about its activities.

An identical workshop took place in Bucharest on 16th and 17th November, where Professor Ole Petersen, Academic Director of the Cardiff Hub, and Esther Dorado-Ladera had significant roles, along with  Professor Tadeusz Luty, Academic Director of the Wroclaw Hub.

Workshop participants at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Madrid, September 2017
Workshop participants at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Madrid, September 2017
Food from the oceans comes to Cardiff!

Food from the oceans comes to Cardiff!

Thousands of people came to Cardiff Bay over three days, 14th to 16th July, to enjoy the annual Cardiff Food and Drink Festival.

Food from the Oceans was the theme of a programme of events hosted at the Norwegian Church.  This open and free programme of events was the result of collaboration between the Cardiff and Bergen Hubs, together with SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies).  We worked closely with other partners, including the SAM (Science Advice Mechanism) Unit, the Learned Society of Wales, the Hordaland County in Norway and Cardiff University.

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