Science advice is critical to democracy and our way of life

Science advice is critical to democracy and our way of life

Optimising the relationship between scientists and policymakers, publishing a code of good practice on science advice and involving stakeholders more effectively are all ways of strengthening science advice for policy, according to the panel at a European Commission meeting in Brussels on 26th September.


Panel discussion on science for policy

Three recently-published reports on science advice were the focal point for the panel discussion, part of the Policy Conference at the European Research and Innovation Days (24th-26th September).

The scientific opinion by the EU Chief Scientific Advisors are presented to the public Left to right: Dr Piotr Kwiecinski, Louise Edwards, Professor Pearl Dykstra, Professor Ortwin Renn, Dr David Mair, and Professor Sierd Cloetingh
The three reports are presented to the public. Left to right: Dr Piotr Kwiecinski, Louise Edwards, Professor Pearl Dykstra, Professor Ortwin Renn, Dr David Mair, and Professor Sierd Cloetingh

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Update on the launch of the SAPEA Evidence Review Report ‘Making sense of science for policy’

Update on the launch of the SAPEA Evidence Review Report ‘Making sense of science for policy’

The latest SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) Evidence Review Report, Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty, was coordinated by the Cardiff Hub and published on 9th July 2019.

In the month after the launch, the report has featured in 16 articles Europe-wide, including Research Professional (with over 280,000 registered users worldwide) and Cardiff University’s website.

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Cardiff Hub Oversees Completion of new Evidence Review on Science Advice for Policy

Cardiff Hub Oversees Completion of new Evidence Review on Science Advice for Policy

The AE Cardiff Hub has overseen the completion of the Evidence Review Report Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty for the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) as part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The report has been launched on Tuesday 9th July 2019.

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SAPEA report on how to transform the future of ageing is published today

SAPEA report on how to transform the future of ageing is published today

A major new Evidence Review Report entitled Transforming the Future of Ageing has been published today by SAPEA and led by the Federation of European Academies of Medicine. The report is destined for the desks of the new European Commissioners expected to take office later in 2019. It reviews the best evidence on what public policies might help EU countries to achieve inclusive, fair and sustainable health and social care in the future.

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AE Cardiff Hub Participates in the “Welsh Policy and Politics in Unprecedented Times” Conference

AE Cardiff Hub Participates in the “Welsh Policy and Politics in Unprecedented Times” Conference

The AE Cardiff Hub participated in the conference Welsh Policy and Politics in Unprecedented Times, organised by the Wales Centre for Public Policy and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) on Friday 24th May 2019 at Swansea University.

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Handover of new SAPEA report to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Handover of new SAPEA report to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

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.

Handover of the Microplastics report to the GCSA. From left to right: Sabine Pahl and Bart Koelmans, Vice-Chair and Chair of the SAPEA Working Group on Microplastics respectively; Ole Petersen, Vice-President of AE (representing the Chair of SAPEA Board); Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Chair GCSA; Elvira Fortunato, GCSA; and Nicole Grobert, GCSA.

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