Our latest expert panel debate, Science for policy: a European perspective, took place at Swansea University on 4th September. Our venue was The Great Hall on the impressive new Bay Campus, an exciting 65-acre development. Professor Johann Sienz, Director of Innovation and Engagement, led a tour of the campus following the debate.
Making sense of science under conditions of complexity and uncertainty
Based on its own initiative, the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has adopted this topic to address policymakers using scientific advice within the European Commission. SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) will produce the Evidence Review Report on the topic. Academia Europaea has been approved as the Lead Academy within SAPEA, with the Cardiff Hub undertaking the work on its behalf.
The initial draft of the Evidence Review Report is due by the end of this year, with the final version and the Group’s Scientific Opinion delivered by June 2019.
Further information is available in the published scoping paper.
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.
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.