New job vacancies to deliver science advice

New job vacancies to deliver science advice


The Cardiff Hub seeks to fill two positions to deliver evidence reviews for the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium. 

One post is for a Research Officer and the other for an Information Specialist.   

Academia Europaea and the Cardiff Hub continue to play a major role in the European Scientific Advice Mechanism, thanks to the UK Horizon Europe guarantee scheme. Both are involved in leading evidence reviews on behalf of the SAPEA consortium, as well as the work package on strategic development.

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Dedicating my next 20 years to climate change: An interview with Sir David King FRS MAE

Dedicating my next 20 years to climate change: An interview with Sir David King FRS MAE


AAAS Award winner and former UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, shares his ambitious plans to tackle the global challenge of climate change.

About Sir David King FRS MAE

Professor Sir David King FRS MAE is a South African-born British chemist, Emeritus Professor and head of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group. He is the founder and Chair for the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge.

Sir David was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Head of the Government Office for Science from 2000 to 2007 under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. During this time, he raised public awareness of climate change. From 2013 to 2017, he served under Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May as the UK’s Climate Envoy. In May 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sir David formed and led Independent SAGE, an expert group providing science advice.

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New SAPEA Evidence Review Report on Cancer Screening in the EU

New SAPEA Evidence Review Report on Cancer Screening in the EU


SAPEA has published a new Evidence Review Report on ‘Improving Cancer Screening in the European Union’. Cardiff University played a major role in building the evidence base.

Cardiff University undertook three rapid reviews, a lighter form of a full systematic review.  The Review Team was led by Dr Alison Weightman (Director of the Specialist Unit for Review Evidence), together with Dr Nick Courtier, Dr Hui-Ling Ou (University of Cambridge) and Louise Edwards (Hub Manager). 

The three rapid reviews are published separately on the SAPEA website. The top-line results are included in the main SAPEA Evidence Review Report

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Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?

Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?


On 11 October, an international audience of 150 people joined our panel of experts to discuss the impact that moving away from fossil fuels to new energy sources may have on our lives.

This online event was organised by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and Academia Europaea.

You’ll find an overview of the webinar and key points from the speakers below, together with a recording of the event for those who were unable to attend or would like to watch again.

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Looking through the lens of good science, by Professor David Allison MAE

Looking through the lens of good science, by Professor David Allison MAE


We were so pleased to interview Professor David Allison of Indiana University, expert in nutrition and obesity, about his passion for scientific rigour and evidence-informed policymaking.

About Professor David Allison MAE

David Allison MAE is Dean, Distinguished Professor, and Provost Professor in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University. His fields of scholarship include nutrition, obesity, behavioural medicine and medical psychology. He has authored over 500 scientific publications and received many awards, including the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society.

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Cardiff maps EU policy landscape for major new energy report

Cardiff maps EU policy landscape for major new energy report


A team at Cardiff University has mapped the European policy landscape for the latest SAPEA Evidence Review Report on energy transition.

On 29th June 2021, the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism published two major documents on a systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe.

The Evidence Review Report from SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) presents the latest scientific evidence on this topic, together with a series of evidence-based policy options, while the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ Scientific Opinion, informed by this evidence, presents key policy recommendations.

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A special collective spirit: Reflections on my time as President of Academia Europaea by Professor Sierd Cloetingh

A special collective spirit: Reflections on my time as President of Academia Europaea by Professor Sierd Cloetingh


To mark our 5th anniversary, we are delighted to interview Professor Sierd Cloetingh who shares highlights from his role as President of Academia Europaea and reflects on the impact of the Academy’s work.

Professor Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, welcomes the delegates

About Professor Sierd Cloetingh MAE

Sierd Cloetingh is a Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University. He was elected President of Academia Europaea in July 2014.

Professor Cloetingh was a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council from 2009-2015 and Vice-President from 2014-2015. He served as President of the Association for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) from 2017-2019.

Professor Cloetingh is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, the Heidelberg Academy, the Bavarian Academy and the German Academy for Technical Sciences, acatech. He is also an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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Briefing Series: new paper published on biodegradable plastics

Briefing Series: new paper published on biodegradable plastics


The third paper in our Briefing Series, ‘Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?’ is available now

This briefing paper summarises key themes and ideas discussed at our ‘Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?’ webinar, held on 21st May 2021. This briefing paper presents the views expressed by our panellists who were members of the SAPEA Working Group and other experts.

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EU policy on biodegradable plastics: experts, policymakers and other stakeholders discuss the issues

EU policy on biodegradable plastics: experts, policymakers and other stakeholders discuss the issues


This webinar brought together EU policymakers and stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges in developing a policy framework for biodegradable plastics. Held on 16th June 2021, it was attended by 300 people.

The event was hosted by Mohammed Chahim MEP, Co-chair of the Circular Economy Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. It is part of a series of events drawing on the SAPEA Evidence Review Report Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment and the associated Scientific Opinion by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

An overview of the webinar discussions is provided below.

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