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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.

New member appointed to European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Professor Nicole Grobert

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors warmly welcomes Professor Nicole Grobert, Professor of Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials in the University of Oxford, as its newest member.

Professor Grobert is a Royal Society Industry Fellow and a visiting Professor at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Toyo University, Japan. Professor Grobert will formally join the Scientific Advisors in May 2018, following the departure of Cédric Villani due to his election to the French Assemblée Nationale in 2017.

Workshop - ‘Modern Agriculture Biotechnology Calling’, part of the 5th Meeting of the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research

12 April 2018, European Parliament, Brussels

Panel of speakers of the 'Modern Agricultural Biotechnology Calling' session

The Group’s Explanatory Note on New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology, was presented by Professor Janusz Bujnicki, member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and by Professor Joachim Schiemann, one of the SAPEA experts who contributed to the Note. A broad range of stakeholders engaged in lively discussion with both experts and also heard the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis’s keynote presentation.

High Level Group becomes Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

4 April 2018, European Commission, Brussels

On 5 April 2018 the Commission amended its Decision C(2015) 6946 of 16 October 2015 on the setting up of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors.

Since its creation, the Group has brought new capabilities to the policy- and decision-making apparatus of the Commission and has added value to existing advisory bodies within the Commission and other bodies, offices or agencies, including those of the Joint Research Centre. For these reasons, the Commission has decided to change the name of the Group to “Group of Chief Scientific Advisors”.

Since 2016 the Group has produced Scientific Opinions and Explanatory Notes at the request of the College on issues such as Food from the Oceans, Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market, and New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology.

C(2018)1919 of 5 April 2018 - Commission Decision amending Decision C(2015)6946
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