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24-25 November 2016

5th meeting of the High Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism

The fifth meeting of the Scientific Advice Mechanism's High Level Group (SAM HLG) took place in Brussels on November 24th -25th 2016. During the meeting the scoping papers of two new topics submitted to the SAM HLG were approved: A full opinion on "Food from the Oceans" and an explanatory note on "New techniques in agricultural biotechnology".

Following the conclusion of the Horizon 2020 grant "Science Advice for Policy by European Academies" (SAPEA), the expected contribution to the ongoing work of the SAM HLG was discussed.

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28 September 2016

4th meeting of the High Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism

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The fourth meeting of the Scientific Advice Mechanism's High Level Group (SAM HLG) took place in Brussels on September 28th 2016. The meeting mainly focus was on the scientific advice to the various topics in which the SAM HLG is active at present: Real-world CO2 emission testing for Light Duty Vehicles; and cybersecurity.

New topics were discussed in fields of high priority for the European Commission including the ones proposed by Commissioner Andriukaitis "Advice to support the forthcoming evaluation of pesticides legislation and an explanatory note on new breeding techniques".

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25 July 2016

3rd meeting of the High Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism

The third meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors took place on 25 July 2016 in Manchester (UK) at the occasion of the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) 2016.

During the meeting, the HLG discussed the progress on the two ongoing topics "Closing the gap between light duty vehicle real-drive CO2 emissions and laboratory testing" and "Cybersecurity". The group discussed as well the new demands received from Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food safety, for scientific advice to support the forthcoming evaluation of pesticides legislation and for an explanatory note on new breeding techniques (NBT).

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17 March 2016

2nd meeting of the High Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism

On 16 and 17 March, the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors met for the second time in Brussels, with Carlos Moedas (Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation) and Commissioner Navracsics (Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) and with the presidents of five European Networks of Academies (Euro-CASE, EASAC, ALLEA, FEAM, Academia Europaea).

The HLG is moving out of its launch phase, and progress is being made on the first two topics on which the HLG has been asked for advice: "Closing the gap between light duty vehicle real-drive CO2 emissions and laboratory testing" and "Cybersecurity", as well as on the identification of additional topics to be addressed by SAM.

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29 January 2016

First meeting of the High Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM)

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Left to right: C. Villani, E. Fortunato, R. Heuer, C. Moedas, H. C. Wegener, P. Dykstra, J. Bujnicki and J. Slingo

The seven leading scientists who form the High Level Group met with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and with Andrus Ansip, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for the Digital Single Market. They agreed that issues surrounding cybersecurity would be one subject for the Group's first scientific advice to the Commission, contributing to efforts to build trust in the development of the Digital Single Market. The group will also examine CO2 emissions from cars and vans, with a view to exploring possibilities for future policies regulating their measurement to ever closer reflect real-world driving conditions.

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Future Meetings

  • 7th Meeting of the HLG
    23 – 24 March 2017
  • HLG Strategic Brainstorm Meeting
    11 – 12 April 2017
  • 8th Meeting of the HLG
    26 - 27 June 2017

Latest Publications

First Scientific Opinion of the SAM HLG  PDF icon 1.5 MB
Publication cover Closing the growing gap between the measurement of CO2 emissions from cars and vans in the laboratory and what they really emit on the road »»


Citizen Summary  PDF icon 537 KB
on the 1st High Level Group Scientific Opinion

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