Science & governance
The aim of governance and scientific
advice is to get more people and organisations involved
in shaping EU policy.
Everyday, there are new developments
in scientific research, which could improve our quality
of life. However, the policy-making process does not
always deal properly with assessing risks, or with
taking public concerns into account.
guidelines on the use of expertise
A set of guidelines is being established
to make scientific expertise more accountable, and
to maintain the confidence of everyone involved in
citizens in dialogue and participation
To give a clear message that science
is at the service of society as a whole, high profile
"Science and society" forums with scientists and concerned
citizens will be supported at local and regional level.
The European Commission will start the ball rolling
at community level with a "European Science Convention"
in 2005, which will involve the widest possible range
of stakeholders. Participatory processes helping citizens
and their representative associations to voice their
hopes and concerns in the field of science and technology
will be stimulated throughout the European Research
Area, notably through exchange of experience or direct
internet networks - SINAPSE
The European Commission is setting
up a network called SINAPSE (Scientific Information
for Policy Support in Europe), which will put science
at the service of policy development, It will begin
work in 2003, and has a number of different functions.
It will develop an electronic library of scientific
opinions and advice which will give public authorities
seeking expert advice on scientific issues, the opportunity
to check whether any work has been done on the subject;
it will enable the Commission to conduct informal
scientific consultations. It will give the scientific
community and other stakeholders the chance to initiate
discussions on potentially contentious scientific
issues. Finally, it will provide a secure network
for discussions between scientists.
advice on research
Research Advisory Board is a high-level independent
advisory committee, made up of 45 top experts from
EU countries, which provides advice on the design
and implementation of EU research policy. It focuses
on realising the European Research Area, and on using
policy instruments such as the Community Research
and Development Framework Programme.
The impact of scientific advice on crisis management and the role of the media
Real crises, hot subjects, attitudes or even worries about science and technology: the public relies mostly on the media to learn, analyse and form an opinion. Thus the need to bring out good practices in civic cooperation and in communication of scientific information.
Papers from the conference Scientific advice, crisis management & Media that took place in June 2003.