Scientific policy advice in Europe

In analogy to its task to promote scientific policy advice in Switzerland, the SCNAT supports corresponding endeavours in Europe

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On behalf of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the SCNAT participates in the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), whose main task is to provide scientific advice to the political entities of the EU. A key contribution is the delegation of scientists from Switzerland to EASAC Working Groups that draft scientific reports with policy recommendations. At strategy level, the SCNAT represents Switzerland in the EASAC Council through Thierry Courvoisier (SCNAT President, 2012-15) as President (2017-19).

Science Advice for Policy by European Academies SAPEA
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Science Advice for Policy by European Academies SAPEA
Science Advice for Policy by European Academies SAPEA

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, through their memberships in ALLEA (All European Academies) and EASAC, are part of the consortium Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). Funded by Horizon 2020, the European academies deliver timely, independent and trans-disciplinary scientific evidence to EU policy making via the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The SAPEA consortium brings together more than 100 academies in over 40 European countries and across all scientific disciplines. The SCNAT supports SAPEA/SAM by way of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences by providing scientific expertise.

  • Publications

SAPEA Evidence Review Report "Making sense of science for policy"
  • 2019

Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

Ethics bodies and guidelines are needed to shape scientific advice provided to policymakers. The academy consortium SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies), which provides scientific input to the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism, also says in its new report that such advice should be multidisciplinary.
SAPEA report "Transforming the future of ageing"
  • 2019

Transforming the future of ageing

People are living longer than ever before, in Europe and around the world. This is a great achievement of the past century, but also brings challenges for European societies: adjustment to an ageing and shrinking workforce, and finding financially viable ways to deliver high-quality health and social care for all.
The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe
  • 2019

The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe

The European Union needs to accelerate its efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, this report demands. This is urgent given the pace and extent of climate change, which also adversely affects human health.
Decarbonisation of transport: options and challenges
  • 2019

Decarbonisation of transport: options and challenges

This EASAC report reviews options for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport. It argues for stronger policies to bridge the gap between the GHG emission reductions that will be delivered by current policies and the levels needed to limit global warming to less than 2°C or even 1.5°C (Paris Agreement).
A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society
  • 2019

A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society

Micro- and nanoplastics do not currently pose a widespread risk to humans and the environment, but the situation could change if pollution continues. This is the verdict of a report of leading scientific experts in an interdisciplinary project of European academies.
EASAC report "Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe"
  • 2018

Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe

This report identifies opportunities to safeguard the soils as a valuable resource for the benefit of European citizens. The proposed measures include: Protect and restore peatlands to maintain and increase soil organic carbon; plan for housing, infrastructure etc. to minimise destruction of soils; include soil in initiatives to preserve biodiversity.