Scientific policy advice in Europe

The SCNAT provides scientific advice to Swiss policy-making. It is also involved in such activities in Europe, because decisions taken there are relevant for Switzerland. In so doing, the SCNAT supports the engagement of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (a+).

Science Advice for Policy by European Academies

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are members of two European umbrella organisations, and are thus part of the consortium Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). Bringing together over 100 academies of all disciplines from more than 40 European countries, SAPEA provides the political bodies of the EU with independent and transdisciplinary scientific insights. This is done through the Scientific Advice Mechanism and is funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The SCNAT contributes to SAPEA's work with expertise from among its network.

European Academies Science Advisory Council

Part of SAPEA is the umbrella organisation European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), to which the science academies of the EU member states, Switzerland and Norway belong. In addition to its contribution to SAPEA, EASAC advises EU policy bodies in the fields of Biosciences, Energy and the Environment. The SCNAT delegates scholars from Switzerland to EASAC Steering Panels and to working groups that draft scientific reports with policy recommendations.

  • Publications

Report "Adaptation to health effects of climate change in Europe"
  • 2020

Adaptation to health effects of climate change in Europe

Climate change has also negative effects on human health on account of heat(waves), infectious and communicable diseases, extreme events like floods and fires. The challenge, next to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, thus is to adapt to inevitable consequences of climate change on the health sector, so as to strengthen its resilience in Europe.
EASAC-FEAM report "Challenges and potential in regenerative medicine"
  • 2020

Challenges and potential in regenerative medicine

Booming miracle cures and undue pressure to gain fast-track approvals threaten medical promises.
EASAC Commentary "How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?"
  • 2020

How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?

The design of efforts by the European Union (EU) and its Member States to recover from COVID-19 will determine the quality of people’s lives for decades to come. Related to the EU’s plans for a green recovery, European Academies urge policymakers to recognise the critical role of science and to step up efforts in three key areas: energy, ecosystem and health.
SAPEA report "A sustainable food system for the European Union"
  • 2020

A sustainable food system for the European Union

To make our food systems sustainable, radical transformation of their complex social, economic and ecological components is needed. Simply increasing productivity is not enough to meet the raising global demand for food in the future.
EASAC Commentary "The regulation of genome edited plants in the EU"
  • 2020

The regulation of genome-edited plants in the European Union

The current EU rules on genetically modified organisms (GMO) are not fit for purpose anymore, leading scientists warn in a commentary of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), and call for radical reforms.
EASAC Bericht "Packaging plastics in the circular economy"
  • 2020

Packaging plastics in the circular economy

Packaging plastics offer an almost infinite range of options for manufacturers in terms of function and design. Their durability and resistance to degradation means that if they ‘leak’ into the environment, they stay there. Leakage has been increasing rapidly and its detrimental impact, especially on the marine environment, has attracted wide public and political concern.