André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy 2021

André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy 2021


The Young Academy of Europe invites you to submit your nomination for this year’s André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy.

The prize is awarded annually to support and promote: science, evidence-based policymaking, science communication, and future generation scientists and scholars in Europe.

The deadline for submission has been extended until 15 April 2021. A detailed document describing the nomination procedure for the 2021 edition can be found here.



23rd February 2021. For further information please contact AECardiffHub@cardiff.ac.uk

Launch webinar on Biodegradable Plastics

Launch webinar on Biodegradable Plastics



The first SAPEA webinar on Biodegradable Plastics attracted a large international audience of almost 170 on 4th February.  The webinar brought together panellists from the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, SAPEA and the European Commission, to respond to the question, ‘Tackling plastic pollution: are biodegradable plastics the answer?’

The webinar was chaired by Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the AE Cardiff Hub.  He outlined the role and purpose of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism, and its two principal elements, the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the SAPEA consortium.

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Hybrid Conference: ‘Evidence for Policymakers,’ 15-18 December 2020

Hybrid Conference: ‘Evidence for Policymakers,’ 15-18 December 2020



President of Academia Europaea, Professor Sierd Cloetingh and AE Vice-President Professor Ole Petersen will be speaking in the Policy Based Evidence session of the ‘Evidence for Policymakers’ conference on 15th December.

Professors Cloetingh and Petersen will be part of the session entitled ‘External and internal evidence-systems for policymaking: How can we optimize the development and dissemination of evidence for policymakers?’ which will take place at 15.00 – 16.15 CET, 14.00 – 15.15 GMT on 15th December.

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Large global audience joins interactive webinar on Science Advice and COVID-19, co-organised by the AE Cardiff Hub

Large global audience joins interactive webinar on Science Advice and COVID-19, co-organised by the AE Cardiff Hub



Over 240 participants attended the live session from 36 countries which was moderated by Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the Cardiff AE Hub, and hosted by SAPEA.  The discussant was Sir Mark Walport, the incoming Chair of the Cardiff Hub Steering Group.

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Science Advice – What works in a Crisis?

Science Advice – What works in a Crisis?



2020’s Covid-19 outbreak has shone the spotlight on science advice like never before. How well are Europe’s science advice frameworks standing up to this major stress test?

Webinar: 16th September, 13:30 CEST, 12:30 BST UK

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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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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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