SAPEA brings together outstanding expertise in engineering, humanities, medicine, natural and social sciences from across Europe. We also work to raise awareness of scientific advice and evidence in policymaking, and to stimulate debate in Europe about these issues.
Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem, and it is still growing. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.
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?
The very policy issues for which scientific input is most needed are the ones where the science itself is often complex and uncertain.
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.