The Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM)

This mechanism will support the Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities


European Commission Science Advice and Ethics Groups at ESOF

11 July, EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF),Toulouse

The European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies organised well attended sessions at ESOF, 11 July.

During the session on Citizens and Science Advice - challenges and opportunities of participatory science advice the panel explored how, in a time of perceived diminishing trust in expertise, citizens’ participation could strengthen the credibility, acceptability and impact of science advice to policymaking.

In the Carbon capture and utilization for climate change: hype or hope? session, co-organised with SAPEA, the panel engaged with the audience regarding climate change mitigation potential and economic viability of CCU technologies. The discussed how the findings of the recent Opinion produced by the Chief Scientific Advisors and informed by an Evidence Review Report delivered by SAPEA will contribute to future EU policy decisions in this field.

The What kind of future do we want for our children? session started with the moderator asking the audience which was the greatest challenge to our children’s futures on which more advice to policy is needed. Speakers expressed their views on the results and shared their vision, and a lively dialogue took place with the audience.

The Ethics in the age of science, technology and innovation: From AI to the Future of Work session focused on the ethical aspects of future developments, namely related to the artificial intelligence and the technological and societal changes in the labour market. The debate with the audience will further feed the EGE Opinion on the Future of Work.

All of the sessions were well attended, by a wide range of participants from local, European and international organisations, including government representatives, representatives of science advice structures, industry, academia, NGOs as well as attendees from the European Parliament.

A Scientific Perspective on Microplastic Pollution and its Impacts

9 July 2018, Brussels

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors adopted this Initial Statement during its plenary meeting in Toulouse on the occasion of ESOF 2018 following endorsement by the European Commission of the approach set out in the statement. The Scientific Advisors intend to deliver to the Commission an Explanatory Note before the end of 2018 based on a SAPEA scientific evidence review report, and a Scientific Opinion in early 2019.

Initial Statement - A Scientific Perspective on Microplastic Pollution and its Impacts

Microplastic Pollution

Science Advice and Ethics at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)

July 2018 Toulouse

SAM Stand message

On 11 July 2018, in the Congress Center all ESOF participants are welcome to join the debates, organised by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies:

  • Citizens and Science Advice - challenges and opportunities of participatory science advice (10:15 – 11:30)
    If as some say, we have had enough of experts then is there a future for expert science advice to policy makers? If facts are a turn-off, can we ever really engage the public in the process of evidence informed decision-making, and is it even feasible?
  • Carbon capture and utilisation for climate change: hype or hope? (10:15 – 11:30)
    co-organised with the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium
    Carbon is a vital element at the basis of our life on Earth. Yet carbon dioxide produced by human activities is one of the main greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. Managing CO2 in our atmosphere is one of the greatest social, economical and political challenges of our time.
  • What kind of future do we want for our children? (15:15 – 16:30)
    The European Commissions' top advisers on ethics and on science will explore how scientific and ethical advice can help to address today's grand challenges and to shape the world of tomorrow. The audience will be invited to ask questions in relation to the overall theme, such as 'What kind of work do we want our children to do? What kind of food do we want our children to eat? What kind of environment do we want our children to live in?' and others.
  • Ethics in the age of science, technology and innovation: From AI to the Future of Work (17:15 – 18:30)
    How we organise the future of work, and how we regulate and employ AI, will have a bearing on virtually every aspect of future societies.

All sessions will include Q&A. Come and meet European Commission's Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies share with them your questions and views.

Want to know more about the work done by both of these Groups? Pass by the EC stand in the exhibition area and talk with one of our colleagues.

For all this and much more register!

Scientific Advisors publish their 5th Scientific Opinion: EU authorisation processes of Plant Protection Products

4 June 2018, Brussels

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has published its scientific opinion : ''EU authorisation processes of Plant Protection ProductsPDF icon' (PPP).

The opinion makes recommendations on how to make the current EU dual system for approval and authorisation of PPP more transparent, effective and efficient. It also calls for a broad dialogue to establish an EU-wide shared vision for food production.

Find out more about this opinion on the PPP page and read the corresponding news alert.

Scientific Advisors publish their 4th Scientific Opinion: Novel Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies

23 May 2018, Brussels

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has published its scientific opinion : 'Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologiesPDF icon' (CCU).

The opinion proposes a methodology for determining the potential for CCU to contribute to climate mitigation goals; and discusses on what bases CCU projects should be funded and regulated, to aid their deployment.

Find out more about this opinion on the CCU page and read the corresponding news alert.

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