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.
The Food from the Oceans Evidence Review Report and Scientific Opinion were discussed during the ‘Blue innovation: Oceans to Feed the Planet‘ Roundtable. The event took place on 27th February 2018 in Brussels and was organised by the Science Business Network, a highly prestigious European think-tank.
Academia Europaea and the Cardiff Hub were active participants in the European Risk Forum Conference on Scientific integrity, public policy and better regulation, as part of our work on science advice for policy-making (the SAPEA project). The meeting took place in Brussels on 20th February.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.