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.

A sustainable food system for the EU

April 2020

A sustainable food system for the EU

Food lies at the heart of our lives. It is vital for our survival, and links us to our natural and social environment in a unique way. But our food system is unsustainable. How can we ensure future food security without treating people unfairly or leaving them behind?

This report from SAPEA lays out the science on how we can create a sustainable food system in an inclusive, just and timely way.

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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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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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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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Innovative foods

We know from reliable evidence that our societies need to transition to a more sustainable food system, so that we can provide enough healthy food for an increasing world population without harming the environment. One well-known recommendation is to promote a shift towards diets with fewer animal products and more alternative proteins.

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