Science Advice for Policy


by European Academies

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.

Biodegradability of plastics

December 2020

Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment

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.

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A sustainable food system for the EU

April 2020

A sustainable food system for the EU

How can we ensure future food security without treating people unfairly or leaving them behind?

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Making sense of science

July 2019

Making sense of science for policy

The very policy issues for which scientific input is most needed are the ones where the science itself is often complex and uncertain.

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Science for Policy podcast

Science for Policy podcast

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.

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