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Cybersecurity, 2nd Scientific Opinion

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On Friday, 24 March 2017, the Chair of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, submitted to the European Commission the Group’s 2nd Scientific Opinion on Cybersecurity in the Digital Single Market, following the request of Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market in January 2016.

In this Opinion, the Group makes a number of recommendations for policy action to make it easier and safer for people and businesses to operate online in the EU.

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SAM sessions triggered huge interest at AAAS 2017

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The European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) organised two sessions at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which took place 16-20 February 2017 in Boston (USA). The sessions triggered large audiences and vibrant debates.

Check out the wrap up of the sessions and all presentations here

CyberSecurity Stakeholders Meeting

Monday 13 February the HLG will present their draft findings and observations in a stakeholders meeting involving mainly representatives from consumer and civil society organisations, as well as business. The main objective of this meeting is to gather their reactions, while encouraging a fruitful and informative exchange of views. This meeting follows the scientific expert's consultation workshop in Vilnius last October 2016.

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New members appointed to High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism

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Commissioner Moedas with the members of the SAM

Meeting for the sixth time in plenary, and one year after their first meeting in 2016, the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors welcomed Nobel Prize Laureate and Director of the Francis Crick institute Sir Paul Nurse as a guest. Sir Paul will join the HLG as a member in March 2017, following the departure of the Chair, Professor Henrik Wegener, due to his appointment as Rector of the University of Copenhagen. The HLG named Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer as the new Chair, and Professor Pearl Dykstra the new deputy Chair.

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High Level Group strengthens relations with the scientific community via the SAPEA consortium

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Tuesday December 13th, 2016, the Board of the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) project was invited by Robert-Jan Smits, Director General for Research and Innovation, to celebrate the launch of the SAPEA project, in Brussels. Participants were the Presidents of ALLEA, Günter Stock (Chair of the SAPEA Board), Academia Europaea, Sierd Cloetingh, EASAC, Jos van der Meer, Secretary General of Euro-CASE, Jacques Lukasik, and President of FEAM, Bernard Charpentier.

Welcoming the Board, Robert Jan Smits said "Today's agreement with the five European Academy Networks will boost the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism. It will allow it to tap into the Academies' broad knowledge across disciplines and regions in Europe. The Commission is looking forward to this new partnership with the Academies."

SAPEA is supported by Horizon 2020 and will enable the five European Academy Networks above to complete the core of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism which provides independent, scientific advice to the European Commission.

European Academies are longstanding providers of scientific expertise, representing remarkable breadth and depth across disciplines and regions in Europe. Prior to the launch of SAPEA, the five Academy Networks had already been actively contributing to SAM by suggesting experts and providing expertise on topics in support of the work of the High Level Group, in particular the topic of cybersecurity where many Academy Fellows contributed to the HLG workshop in Vilnius last month. SAPEA’s active involvement in the development of an explanatory note on ‘New techniques in agricultural biotechnology’ and a scientific opinion on ‘Food from the oceans’ was confirmed during the High Level Group’s 5th plenary meeting, 24th and 25th November 2016, where SAPEA representatives and Academy Fellows were present. The corresponding scoping papers will be available from the SAM website shortly.

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