Science Advice for Policy


by European Academies

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SAPEA is part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism.

Together with the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, we provide independent scientific advice to European Commissioners to support their decision-making.

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.

Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

July 2019

Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

Now more than ever, policymakers need good quality science advice to inform their decisions — but the very policy issues for which scientific input is most needed are the ones where the science itself is often complex and uncertain.

Our report brings together the best available evidence to address how to provide good science advice to policymakers under conditions of complexity and uncertainty.

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Transforming the future of ageing

June 2019

Transforming the future of ageing

Europe must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation.

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Microplastics in nature and society

January 2019

Microplastics in nature and society

The best available evidence suggests that microplastics do not pose a widespread risk, but evidence is limited and the situation could change if pollution continues.

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