The future of science advice in Europe

This one-day event in Helsinki brings together leading practitioners and scholars from around Europe to provide expert input as Finland develops its next-generation science advice capabilities, and to send a clear message to the new European Commission about the role of science in policymaking.

Today’s world faces an increasingly complex and interconnected policy environment. This has prompted the EU and national governments to rethink existing tools and structures for designing policy, and to seek innovative ways to govern.

This rethinking extends also to science advice at both an EU and a national level. Many key policy challenges of the twenty-first century depend on scientific fields where the evidence is complex, uncertain or rapidly evolving, or where there is controversy both within and outside the scientific community.

In this context, some 200 expert delegates will gather in Helsinki to discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities for the future of science advice in Europe.

Venue: National Museum of Finland (Kansallismuseo), Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki.


The draft programme below is subject to change.

Welcome (09:00)

SAPEA and Science Advice Initiative of Finland

Dialogue: The future of science advice in Europe

Discussion chaired by Marja Makarow

Panel discussion: The science advice ecosystem in Finland

Discussion chaired by Pilvi Torsti

Workshops and mini-sessions: Where to next with science advice?

  • SAPEA and Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (European Commission): Science advice in a complex world (Ortwin Renn and Pearl Dykstra)
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: The role of academies in science advice (Wim van Saarloos)
  • Joint Research Centre (European Commission): Putting scientific knowledge and reason at the heart of political decision-making (David Mair)
  • Young Academy of Finland: Innovative approaches to science advice (Katri Rostedt)
  • Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (European Commission): Science advice for a sustainable future (Carina Keskitalo and Sigrid Weiland)
  • Science Advice Initiative of Finland: A scientific horizon-scanning model for Finland (Jaakko Kuosmanen)
  • Academy of Finland: [Awaiting title] (Jussi Vauhkonen)

Concluding session

  • Discussion of workshop outputs
  • Feedback from civil society auditors
  • Concluding discussions and votes

Close (15:30)

The event features a range of high-level participants from both Finland and wider Europe. Guests include:

This event and its outputs will be audited by a small team of representatives from civil society and citizen science organisations:

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