JRC-EASAC Speeches at the ceremony. On the left: Dr. Paul Rubig, MEP. Right: Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the JRC© EU 2011
JRC and EASAC sign agreement for closer cooperation
On 18 October the JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. Dominique Ristori, Director General of the Joint Research Centre, and Sir Brian Heap, President of EASAC, signed the agreement during a ceremony at the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium.
The ceremony took place in the context of the Polish Presidency of the European Union, and also involved Maria Elżbieta Orłowska, Secretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland and Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of Scientific Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel. The speakers highlighted several relevant issues in science and research today, such as the importance of linking science and society and the need to promote evidence-based policymaking, strengthening scientific inputs for effective regulations.
The signing ceremony followed the presentation of the JRC-EASAC joint report "Impact of engineered nanomaterials on human health: considerations on benefit-risk assessment" and a panel debate on nanotechnology, involving EU policy makers, industry and NGOs.
With the JRC in charge of direct research and in-house scientific support of EU policies, and EASAC providing a means for the collective voice of national science academies in Europe to be heard, this first strategic JRC-EASAC liaison will serve to make closer links between EU national science academies and the policy-making processes in the EU.
- JRC-EASAC joint event including the launch of the report "Impact of engineered nanomaterials on health: considerations for benefit-risk assessment"
- Letter of Intent: Co-operation between Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
- Web headline: Nanomaterials: JRC-EASAC report and Commission recommendation