On 11th January 2019, Prof Ole Petersen, Academic Director AE Cardiff Hub and Vice President Academia Europaea, handed over a new SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) report to the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) on behalf of the SAPEA Board. Prof Petersen was representing Prof Sierd Cloetingh, President Academia Europaea and Chair of the SAPEA Board, who attended the expert workshop the previous day.
Professor Cloetingh said:
“Our report is extremely timely, given the significant level of interest in this critically-important topic. SAPEA has brought together world-class expertise from across a wide range of disciplines to consider the issues at stake.
“I look forward to SAPEA’s future collaborations with the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, ensuring that scientific advice is informed by expertise from academies across Europe.”
The Cardiff Hub was delighted to be at the Swansea Science Festival 2018 on 3-4 November to promote the Food from the Oceans SAPEA report’s key messages. Louise Edwards, Cardiff Hub Manager, was at the event to support two exhibitions within the Aqua Sphere. We collaborated with Dr Ruth Callaway’s Marine Explorers activities on “Protecting our oceans and combatting climate change!” and with Dr Sara Barrento on the SMARTAQUA stand, “The sea is our Fishmonger”.
Following the first introductory meeting on 11th September, the second working group meeting of our latest SAPEA project Making sense of scienceunder conditions of complexity and uncertainty took place on 29th October at the prestigious Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Professor Graham Hutchings of Cardiff University and Member of Academia Europaea (MAE), is one of the authors of the newly-published evidence review report, Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects. Professor Hutchings was selected as one of the working group members that produced the report for the European Commission.
Louise Edwards, Hub Manager, represented SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and Academia Europaea at a high-profile event held at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences on 23rd May. The meeting brought together a number of Portuguese experts to examine the Food from the Oceans reports, published through the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism last November.
Food from the Oceans, was one of the case studies at the policy symposium, Shaping European science advice: insights and experience, held in Sofia on 17th May. Food from the Oceans was the first evidence review to be led by the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium, with the Cardiff Hub as project manager.
The Hub hosted two key meetings of the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium on 10-11 April 2018. Workshop attendees also had the opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage and natural environment of Wales.