Topics

SAPEA experts are currently involved in the provision of independent scientific advice on the following topics:

Food from the Oceans

“How can more food and biomass be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits?”
The work on this topic is in response to a request for scientific advice from the SAM High Level Group, from the College of European Commissioners, led by Commissioner Vella (Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries). SAPEA is playing a major role in this topic within the Scientific Advice Mechanism. The formation of a scientific opinion is expected by the end of 2017.

The scoping paper for this topic is available to download from the Scientific Advice Mechanism website.

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Authorisation processes of plant protection products in Europe

A scientific opinion on the authorisation processes for plant protection products in Europe

SAPEA experts from across Europe are contributing their knowledge and expertise in this topic, in response a request from the College of European Commissioners, led by Commissioner Moedas (Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation) and Commissioner Andriukaitis (Commissioner for Health & Food Safety). The SAM High Level Group has been asked to provide a Scientific Opinion by February 2018.

The scoping paper for this topic is available to download from the Scientific Advice Mechanism website.

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Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects

This work follows a request by the College of Commissioners, led by Commissioner Cañete (Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy). The SAM High Level Group have been asked to provide scientific advice based on existing research on the climate mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies to inform future policy decisions including financial support.

SAPEA experts from across Europe are contributing their knowledge and expertise on this topic. The HLG will deliver an opinion by the end of April 2018.

The scoping paper for this topic is available to download from the Scientific Advice Mechanism website.

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Past topics

Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market

SAPEA contributed to the work on this topic, which resulted in the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors Scientific Opinion: Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market (published March 2017). The report contains recommendations on making systems more secure, empowering users, strengthening Europe’s strategically important cybersecurity industry, and improving the coordination and sharing of information across Europe.

The Opinion was produced in response to a request for scientific advice from the College of European Commissioners, led by European Commission Vice President, Commissioner Ansip (Commissioner for Digital Single Market)  and Commissioner Oettinger (Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources).

The following SAPEA expert participated in the work on this topic:

Professor Erol Gelenbe, nominated by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE).

Further information on the work on this topic is available on the Scientific Advice Mechanism website.

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New techniques in agricultural biotechnology

SAPEA brought together experts from across Europe to provide extensive support to the SAM High Level Group on this topic. In response to a request from the College of European Commissioners, led by Commissioner Andriukaitis (Commissioner for Health & Food Safety), the SAM High Level Group submitted an Explanatory Note on New techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology to the European Commission on 28 April 2017. The Explanatory Note provides a detailed scientific description of the full spectrum of agricultural breeding techniques used in plants, animals and microorganisms. The report describes and compares the new techniques with conventional breeding techniques with established techniques of genetic modification.

The following SAPEA experts participated in the work on this topic, nominated by the European Academy Networks:

Professor Alain Boudet, a Member of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)

Professor Paul Hooykaas, a Member of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Professor Peter Ruhdal Jensen, nominated by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Professor Heiner Niemann, a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Professor Joachim Schiemann, nominated by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Further information on the work on this topic is available on the Scientific Advice Mechanism website.

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