Scientific advice for EU policies

July 26, 2016 10:00 - 11:15 am

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Governing bodies worldwide increasingly recognise the role of independent scientific advice as a key part of the policy-making process. The European Commission has recently put in place a new system "The European Scientific Advice Mechanism – SAM" which aims to match the Commission’s short, medium and long term demands for scientific evidence and advice, drawing upon the best available European scientific evidence to provide truly interdisciplinary high-level scientific advice.

At its core, a group of seven high-level independent scientific advisors, covering a broad scope of expertise, link the Commission with the leading voices of the scientific community.  Taking into account the diversity of approaches across Member States and the specific nature of EU legislative processes, SAM features a structured approach to capture the wealth of multidisciplinary expertise of the European academies and other Member State scientific advisory bodies. The mechanism complements the extensive and diverse advisory system which underpins EU policies, of which the Joint Research Centre is a key central player.

Discussion will focus on the role of scientific advice in support of European policies and will include perspectives from the longstanding UK system, the EC scientific advice mechanism and the views from the EU academies. EU policies in the area of Biodiversity will form a concrete example of a major ongoing European project.

The session will be followed and complemented by three sessions dealing with key aspects of scientific policy advice. The first is, Foresight as a tool for responsible policy development (11:25-12:40), followed by Striking a balance - reconciling scientific excellence and public trust (14:15-15:30), and finally, Cool heads in crises: sound scientific advice in emergencies (15:45-17:00). 

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