SAPEA brings together outstanding expertise from natural, applied, and social sciences and humanities, from over a hundred academies, young academies and learned societies in more than 40 countries across Europe.
We also work to raise awareness of scientific advice and evidence in policymaking, and to stimulate debate in Europe about these issues.
There are many possible pathways towards a carbon-neutral future. Achieving it by 2050 is possible, but this requires urgent action.
But this is not just a technical challenge. To make the energy transition a reality, we need to solve a huge systemic problem, coordinating countless individual voluntary decisions on investment, consumption and behaviour across Europe.
Biodegradable plastics have a specific role to play in reducing the accumulation of plastics in the environment, but they are not a silver bullet.
How can we ensure future food security without treating people unfairly or leaving them behind?
How far should we rely on science to make political decisions? What makes a good science advisor — or a good science advice system? What do we do when the evidence is incomplete or controversial? What happens when science advice goes wrong and how can we fix it?
The Science for Policy podcast, produced by SAPEA, explores these questions and many more in conversation with the politicians, policymakers, academics and science communicators who make science advice happen around the world.
The most recent report of the IPCC, released in early August, was described by the UN as a ‘code red for humanity’. It states that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. The world now anticipates November’s global climate conference, COP26, to see how nations respond to this latest stark warning.