What is ESIR?

ESIR is a high-level expert group that provides evidence-based policy advice to the Commission on how to develop a forward-looking and transformative research and innovation policy. This will help drive Europe's transition to full sustainability. 

The group will address society's needs and most pressing challenges through 

  • policy briefs to provide European and national policy-makers with strategic advice on research and innovation and sustainability
  • outreach activities to fully engage with relevant stakeholders
  • policy experimentation to find new and more impactful innovative public policies
  • proposals for solution-oriented policy initiatives that address current grand challenges

ESIR was set up in 2017 with a new composition and mandate beginning in 2020.

ESIR members and community

ESIR is composed of 14 internationally recognised experts who cover sustainability issues from a variety of angles and involve their respective networks.

The group heavily emphasises stakeholder engagement and co-designing outputs and activities. This means the group can reach out to relevant actors beyond the traditional research and innovation community.  

The group is chaired by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome.

List of members