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

Making Sense of Science

How can we provide good science advice to European Commission policymakers, based on available evidence, under conditions of scientific complexity and uncertainty?

SAPEA has assembled a group of leading experts from across multiple scientific disciplines to conduct this evidence review for the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors as part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism.

Academia Europaea’s Knowledge Hub Wales, hosted at Cardiff University, is leading the coordination of the evidence review.

The scientific opinion will be delivered by June 2019.

Download the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Scoping Paper.

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Micro- and nanoplastic pollution

A scientific perspective on the health and environmental impacts of micro- and nanoplastic pollution and its socio-economic implications

SAPEA experts from across Europe will review the current scientific evidence on the topic of microplastic pollution in an Evidence Review Report (ERR) for the Science Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission.

A first statement on how the SAM intends to address the topic was delivered to the College of European Commission in July 2018. The scope of this project is wide and the experts have been asked to review what is known, what is partially known and what is not known about the topic.

The ERR will cover the natural sciences, the social and behavioral Sciences and the political sciences literature, with a comment on relevance to current policies and legislations. Considerations about the intense media reporting and interpretations of this topic will be reviewed, as well as public perceptions of micro- and nanoplastics and associated behaviour and implications for policy-making. The experts will highlight where there is consensus, as well as gaps in knowledge, and the differing opinions of the multidisciplinary group will be reflected in their report. Together, the group of experts will also offer some options for policy.

The working group had its first meeting in late August, and their report is due to be handed over to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (GCSA) in December. Based on this report, the GCSA will write an Explanatory Note, offering more detailed policy context, as well as a Scientific Opinion with concrete recommendations, in 2019.

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Transforming the future of ageing

A scientific opinion on achieving high quality healthcare access, while adjusting to demographic changes.

SAPEA’s first bottom-up topic will look into the future of ageing, taking account of the current international and European policy context as well as the available scientific evidence to provide insights on how to achieve inclusive, fair and sustainable systems of health and social care, while ensuring innovation in ageing societies.

SAPEA has set up a working group and issued a call for evidence. The scientific advice is expected to be published in April 2019.

Open call for evidence for project ‘Transforming the Future of Ageing’

Download the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Scoping Paper.

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Past topics

Authorisation processes for plant protection products in Europe

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

SAPEA experts from across Europe contributed 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).

SAPEA selected working group members across a range of disciplines to contribute to the Authorisation processes of plant protection products in Europe Evidence Review Report. A full list of Working Group members is available here.

Download SAPEA’s Evidence Review Report.

Download the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Scientific Opinion.

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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 was in response to a request for scientific advice from the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, from the College of European Commissioners, led by Commissioner Vella (Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries). SAPEA played a major role in this topic within the Scientific Advice Mechanism. SAPEA’s Evidence Review Report on Food from the Oceans was delivered to the Commissioners alongside the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Scientific Opinion in November 2017.

SAPEA selected working group members across a range of disciplines to contribute to the Food from the Oceans Evidence Review Report. A full list of Working Group members is available here.

Download SAPEA’s Evidence Review Report.

Download the High Level Group Scientific Opinion.

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Cybersecurity in the European digital single market

SAPEA contributed to the work on this topic, which resulted in the Group of Chief 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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Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects

This work followed a request by the College of Commissioners, led by Commissioner Cañete (Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy). The European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has 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 contributed their knowledge and expertise on this topic.

SAPEA selected working group members across a range of disciplines to contribute to the Food from the Oceans Evidence Review Report. A full list of Working Group members is available here

Download the SAPEA Evidence Review Report

Download the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Opinion

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New techniques in agricultural biotechnology

SAPEA brought together experts from across Europe to provide extensive support to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors on this topic. In response to a request from the College of European Commissioners, led by Commissioner Andriukaitis (Commissioner for Health & Food Safety), the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors 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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