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Upcoming events

Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation

28 September 2017, Brussels

The European Commission is organising a high-level conference on "Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation". This one-day conference will take place in the Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 28 September 2017 from 9.30 to 18.00. HLG member Janusz Bujnicki will be a keynote speaker and will discuss the SAM HLG explanatory note (link) on New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology.

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Stakeholder Consultation on Food from the Oceans

13 November 2017, Brussels

The holding of this Stakeholder Consultation on Food from the Oceans on 13 November 2017 in Brussels follows the request to SAM to investigate this topic from the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, via the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.

It was taken on board by the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission (SAM) High Level Group (HLG). The scientific evidence project is supported by the Science Advice for Policy European Academies (SAPEA) Consortium financed through the Horizon 2020 grant 737432.

A scoping paper was prepared by DG MARE (lead), DG ENV and DG RTD in September 2016. A final version was approved on 2nd December 2016. The scientific advice in the form of an Opinion Report is planned for delivery by the end of November 2017. After having already consulted scientific experts on 14 September 2017, the HLG will present draft findings and observations to stakeholders and gather reactions, while encouraging a fruitful and informative exchange of views.


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Expert Workshop on Food from the Ocean

14 September 2017, Brussels

This Expert Workshop - by invitation only - on Food from the Ocean will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 14 September 2017. It is organised by the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors of the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) and Science Advice for Policy by European Academies EC Consortium (SAPEA).

The purpose of the workshop is to permit critique by the wider expert community of the evidence review and synthesis produced by SAPEA so that work can begin on the SAM HLG Scientific Opinion.

In other words, the workshop should help bridge from the evidence review stage to the drafting and elaboration of the Scientific Opinion which will inform relevant policy development work in the European Commission.

It should help to identify the scientific evidence which is more likely to have practical implications on timescales which are relevant for EU policy development. There will be sessions organised into three groups:

I. Natural Sciences

II. Economics and Social

III. Political Sciences

All presentations, workshop documents and the list of participants will be made public.

For more information please contact:
Hamed Mobasser at

European Science Advisors Forum (E S A F) - 3rd meeting

29 June 2017, Amsterdam

The 3rd meeting of ESAF is taking place on 29th June 2017, in Amsterdam. It will be hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR).

ESAF is an independent, informal forum of European science-based strategic policy advisers. Among its primary aims are to contribute to strengthening the evidence base for policy-making and to share best practices in providing scientific advice for policy. ESAF may use synergies between scientific advice structures at national and European level, including SAM.  ESAF is independent of SAM and driven by its members.

The members of ESAF are EU Member State representatives, who have been nominated following a request of Commissioner Moedas to the Member States' Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation in 2016. The following Member States are currently members of the ESAF: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The European Commission also takes part.

The Director General of Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits will attend the 3rd ESAF meeting. Rolf Heuer, chair of the High Level Group and other members of the SAM HLG will also take part.

Related documentation

4th European Conference for Science Journalists

27 June 2017, Copenhagen

27th June, Copenhagen: Rolf Heuer and Henrik Wegener at the 4th European Conference for Science Journalists – plenary session "Make scientific facts great again".

The current and former Chair of the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (SAM HLG) will be joined after this session by HLG members Janusz Bujnicki, Pearl Dykstra, Elvira Fortunato, Rolf Heuer, Carina Keskitalo and Cédric Villani for a press briefing.

Registration is now open!

The Future of Science through Citizens Engagement

28 March 2017

The citizens’ perspective on addressing the societal challenges for the 9th EU framework programme for research and innovation



Chair:    Paul Rübig, MEP, Chair of STOA
Moderator:        Lars Klüver, Director of Teknologiraadet – The Danish Board of Technology (DBT) - the Danish parliamentary office of technology assessment
  • 17.00-17.15 Welcome Key Note
Paul Rübig – MEP and Chair of STOA
  • 17.15-17.30 Introduction to Citizens and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020 (CIMULACT)
Sergio Bellucci – Managing Director TA-SWISS
  • 17.30-18.15 Panel Debate 1: European Science – What is the role and responsibility of Citizens?
Gudela Grote - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Daniel Wyler - University of Zurich
Mathea Fammels - European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Pearl Dykstra - Erasmus University Rotterdam and High Level Group of scientific advisors to the Cabinet of European Commissioners
Moderated by Lars Klüver
  • 18.15-18.50 Panel Debate 2: Towards FP9 – How can we address citizens’ concerns for the future through science?
Eva Kaili - MEP & STOA First Vice-Chair
Kurt Vandenberghe - European Commission 
Tracey Brown - Sense about Science
                Moderated by Lars Klüver
  • 18.50-19.00 Closing Speech: Conclusions and ideas for the future.
Eva Kaili - MEP & STOA First Vice-Chair

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