Chief Scientific Adviser
Welcome to my website which will provide you with some background on my role and on me and my team.
It is an enormous pleasure for me to be the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission and to be in a position to talk about the excellence in science, engineering and technology that is generated across Member States. Our big challenge in Europe is translating that knowledge into better environments, better health, more rewarding lifestyles and a sustainable future and I look forward to contributing to this effort.
I would also like to convey that science is a fundamental part of our culture in Europe, it's exciting, it's full of opportunity and also fun.
I look forward to working with as many people as possible to deliver our common goal for the European Union. We can remind ourselves that Europe, through science, engineering, technology and philosophy, invented the modern world and it's also in our power to invent the future.
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The President of the European Commission has outlined the mandate of the Chief Scientific Adviser as follows:
- To provide independent expert advice on any aspect of science, technology and innovation as requested by the President;
- Upon a request by the President, to provide analysis and opinion on major policy proposals being submitted to the College touching upon issues of science, technology and innovation; in particular the Chief Scientific Adviser will provide authoritative guidance on interpretation of scientific evidence in presence of uncertainty, and will be involved in strategic emergency planning;
- To build relationships with high-level advisory groups (e.g. European Research Area Board), the scientific Committees of the Commission, the EU agencies (European Medicine Agency, European Food Safety Authority, the European Chemicals Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies;
- To build relationships with similar structures in Member States and other countries;
- To advise on novel science, technology and innovation issues arising both in the context of the EU and internationally; to serve as an early warning conduct point on issues that might arise when scientific progress entails either opportunity or threat for the EU;
- To communicate the scientific values on which specific Commission proposals are based in order to enhance public confidence in science and technology, and in general to promote European culture of science and technology widely within Europe and abroad.
Born on 19th April 1956, Anne Glover studied at Edinburgh University (UK) for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry 1974-78 and then studied at Cambridge University (UK) where she obtained a Doctorate in Molecular Microbiology 1978-81.
She has pursued a career in scientific research at Aberdeen University (UK) where she took up the post of Lecturer in 1983 becoming a Professor in 2001. Her research has been varied and she has investigated how proteins are synthesised and directed to the correct location within our cells, the diversity and function of the microbial population in soil, the development of biological sensors (biosensors) to detect environmental pollution and more recently, how we respond to stress at the molecular level. This current area of research has particular relevance to how we age (our cells are under stress in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease) and also how we respond to artificial stresses such as chemotherapy.
In 1999 she commercialised some of her biosensor technology into a successful company which diagnoses environmental pollution and provides solutions for its clean-up.
She has played major roles for UK research councils in the setting of strategic priorities and budgets for science and has been a partner in several European research initiatives. In 2006, she was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences.
In 2008 she was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET and to ensure that not only are women are recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers.
Anne has a strong interest in how science, engineering and technology can contribute to the developing world and chaired the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences 2009-2011 which works with others such as the Gates Foundation to enhance our partnerships with the developing world.
Anne joined the European Commission on the 1st January 2012 as first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President. Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011).
Dr. Jan Marco Müller
(Assistant to the Chief Scientific Adviser)
- Agenda of the Chief Scientific Adviser
- Contacts with the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
- Contacts with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and DG Research and Innovation
- Contacts with other Directorates-General (except BEPA, SG)
- Contacts with other Chief Scientific Advisers and scientific advisory bodies
- Contacts with scientific stakeholders, except universities
- Use of scientific evidence in the Commission
- External communications and interview requests
- Crisis management
Professor Ana Maria Costa Freitas
(Adviser to the Chief Scientific Adviser)
- Contacts with the President's Cabinet
- Contacts with the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA)
- Contacts with the Secretariat-General, incl. Impact Assessment Board
- Contacts with political stakeholders, including European Parliament and Council
- Contacts with Higher Education Institutions
- Contacts with industry and NGOs
- Technology and innovation files
- Anticipation and foresight
- 10/7 - CSA meeting Scottish MEP Alyn Smith
- 11-14/7 - CSA participating as Euroscience's Guest of Honour at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Dublin. Activities will include speeches at the Euroscience General Assembly, at a meeting of the European Science Events Association, and at an event organised by Enterprise Ireland and the South-African Science Ministry, as well as participation as a speaker in two scientific sessions and at a networking reception with science media.
- 17/7 - CSA participating to a videoconference with the Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences of UNESCO, Gretchen Kalonji
- 18/7 - CSA meeting with the Secretariat of the European Parliament's STOA Panel
- 18/7 - CSA chairing meeting on science & technology foresight in the Commission
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Council of the European Union
European Agencies with a strong scientific profile
European Research-Performing and Training Organisations
European Science and Technology Associations
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Professor Anne Glover
Chief Scientific Adviser to the President
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