European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

Leaders of the national science academies of the European member states, together with Academia Europea and ALLEA (All European Academies) formed a new independent body, European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) in 2001. The aim of the Council is to provide authoritative scientific judgement to the policy makers of the European Union on a wide variety of topics (environment, agriculture, energy, fisheries, health and food safety). EASAC currently has a membership of 16 academies from the 15 EU member states, plus Academia Europaea and ALLEA.

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    Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas

    This EASAC-JRC report on "Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas" focuses on the crucial role played by oceans and seas in regulating our climate, nurturing biodiversity, and providing income and food to people around the world, as well as on the many challenges marine sustainability faces.

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    Facing Critical Decisions on Climate Change in 2015

    EASAC's latest statement on "Facing critical decisions on climate change in 2015" relates to some of the scientific issues which will be very important to consider in the forthcoming negotiations at COP21 in Paris.

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    Gain of Function: Experimental Applications Relating to Potentially Pandemic Pathogens

    The background of this latest EASAC study (Oct. 2015) is the debate about risks and benefits of research that modifies viruses to better understand their functioning, in particular their potential to cause pandemics. Special attention is given to viruses spreading from animals to humans and to human viruses spreading by aerosol route.

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    EASAC Press Release

    Press release on the occasion of the first meeting of EASAC's newly established Senior Advisory Group (SAG) with EASAC's Bureau in Strasbourg in August 2015.

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    New Breeding Techniques

    EASAC has published a Statement on "New Breeding Techniques" in which it express its views on the critical importance of supporting innovation in plant breeding to contribute to EU objectives in agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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    Ecosystem services, agriculture and neonicotinoids

    This EASAC report, published in April 2015, looks at the debate around neonicotinoids and the increasing evidence that widespread use of neonicotinoids has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like pollination and natural pest control, as well as on biodiversity.

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    Shale gas extraction: issues of particular relevance to the European Union

    In this statement, published in November 2014, EASAC addresses three specific concerns that are being put forward in the public debate about the exploitation of Europe's shale gas potential: (1) the implications of a high population density throughout Europe (in combination with the problem of water usage); (2) the question of methane leakage; and (3) the challenge of (local) public acceptance.

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    Antimicrobial drug discovery: greater steps ahead

    In this Statement, EASAC builds on a long-standing interest in the opportunities and challenges associated with tackling infectious diseases to re-examine the current situation, to consider how to search for new scientific directions for antimicrobial innovation and to remove impediments in translating research advances to drug development.

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    Management of spent nuclear fuel

    This EASAC-JRC report aims to inform policy makers on important issues to take into consideration in developing national programmes for the future management of spent fuel and the waste generated by fuel treatment. It describes in a concise but comprehensive way the options for spent fuel management, their present state of development, and the consequences of the choices between them.

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    European Space Exploration

    This EASAC report, published in September 2014, outlines the major potential benefits of space science for research, explores the economic, political and social arguments for choosing automated or human missions, and recommends the adoption of an overall strategy to ensure opportunities are not lost.

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    EASAC Newsletter

    EASAC's is sending a newsletter about their work once every 4-6 months.

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    Risks to Plant Health

    The report discusses the introduction and spread of pests and diseases among food crops and other plant species and their consequences for sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and ecosystem services.

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    Planting the Future

    This EASAC report was published in June 2013 with funding from IAP and discusses the major challenges which face agriculture in delivering food security at a time of increasing pressures from climate change, and social and economic inequity and instability.

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    EASAC Press Release

    EASAC Press Release 172KB, PDF

    Press release on the conclusion of NASAC-EASAC Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February 2014.

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    EASAC Brochure 2014

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    The updated EASAC Brochure is now available.

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    Extreme Weather in Europe

    This new EASAC report is based on a comprehensive collection of scientific data from the past 20 years and discusses strategies to help mitigate the physical, human and economic costs of extreme weather events.

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    Synthetic Biology - an introduction

    The advent of synthetic biology in recent decades, as well as what it has to offer socially and scientifically, is discussed on this EASAC document, which is a summary of the full EASAC report on Synthetic Biology.

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    Science-Policy Dialogue Project

    The National Academies of EU member states are working together through the regional network of academies - EASAC - to improve their dialogue with policy-makers – both on a national and on an EU-level. Follow the link to learn more.

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    Good Practice Guide

    EASAC has produced a set of guidelines on good practice in science dialogue. Follow the link to download the report.