Professors Barbara Prainsack MAE and Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE are reappointed as members of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE).
Founded in 1991, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, EGE, is an independent advisory body of the President of the European Commission. EGE members are selected from across a range of fields, ensuring an independent, inter-disciplinary perspective on ethical questions posed by scientific and technological innovation. On 26th January, the European Commission announced the 15 newly-appointed members, among them, Members of Academia Europaea Professor Barbara Prainsack MAE and Professor Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE.
Professor Barbara Prainsack MAE first became a Member of the EGE in 2017. This will be her second term on the Group. Professor Prainsack is a Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and Professor of Sociology at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. A political scientist, her expertise lies at the interface of policy and biomedicine and life science, and policy and forensics respectively.
In an interview with us in 2020, Professor Prainsack shared her experiences of working at the interface between academia and policy.
Professor Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE has also been a member of the EGE since 2017. He is the former Chair of the Swedish Research Council’s Expert Group on Ethics. Professor Sahlin 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. He described his work and research interests in an interview with us in 2020.
On being reappointed to the EGE, Professor Sahlin said,
“Our task is to provide independent advice on all aspects of Commission policies and legislation where ethical, societal and fundamental rights dimensions intersect with the development of science and new technologies. It is difficult to imagine a more difficult yet meaningful task. We are 15 members from as many countries, and from different academic backgrounds. I am sure we all are looking forward to working together.”
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