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2nd International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) conference

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Opening address by Carlos Moedas
Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

On 29 and 30 September the European Commission received in their premises, in Brussels, more than 430 users, practitioners and scholars of science advice who attended the 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) conference "Science and Policy-Making: towards a new dialogue".

This event, co-organised by the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission and INGSA aimed at improving the interface between science advice and policy-making.

One of the main goals was to gather participants from around the world to discuss common principles and best practices of science advice in different contexts and this was fully achieved with participants who arrived from more than 70 countries to join this event.

Workshop on Cybersecurity

25 -26 October 2016

As part of the evidence-gathering process, the High Level Group is organising a multidisciplinary workshop on "Cybersecurity - Secure digital identities for the digital single market in Europe".

Experts from academia, governmental bodies, civil society and the private sector reaching around 75 participants will interactively discuss and respond to a series of questions.

Stakeholder meeting on "Closing the gap between light duty vehicle real-world CO2 emissions and laboratory testing"

Brussels, 15 September 2016

The Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission has been tasked to provide advice based on scientific evidence on the issue of closing the gap between light duty vehicle real world CO2 emissions and laboratory testing. The advice is due to be delivered in autumn and will inform the Commission's policy-making in the context of the post-2020 CO2 standards for light-duty vehicles.

To gather a large diversity of views on the topic, the High-Level Group is organising a meeting with policy, industry, civil society and scientific stakeholders which will take place on 15 September 2016, 14:00-17:00, in Brussels.

The Scientific Advice Mechanism

As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission has set up the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism ("SAM"). Its aim is to support the Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities. This will contribute to the quality of EU legislation, in line with the Better Regulation agenda.

The Scientific Advice Mechanism will draw on the wide range of scientific expertise in Europe through a close relationship with national academies and other bodies, as well as the expertise of a High-Level Group of independent scientific advisors.

The core of SAM is the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, set up by the Commission Decision of 16 October 2015. The group is composed of seven highly qualified, specialised, independent experts, appointed in their personal capacity and who act independently and in the public interest.

The Commission was assisted in selecting the experts by an independent Identification Committee After a thorough analysis of the 162 candidates that were nominated through an open call for expressions of interest, the Committee proposed to the Commission a short list of suitable candidates for the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors and made a recommendation for seven members to be appointed for the first two and a half years, renewable once. The seven members proposed were appointed by Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, on 10 November 2015.