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Study on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture (European arm of IAP global project) | 24.08.16

EASAC is one of four networks that form part of IAP, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the global network of all National Academies of Science and Medicine with over 130 members worldwide. IAP launched a global project in...... read more

EASAC and FEAM Joint Statement of the Presidents on Antimicrobial Resistance | 05.07.16

Based on EASAC's activities in the field of antimicrobial resistance over many years, a Joint Statement of the EASAC President together with the President of FEAM - the Federation of European Academies of Medicine - has been...... read more

15th Anniversary of EASAC - "A Celebration of Science for Policy" | 03.06.16

On the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the National Science Academies of the EU-member states, Norway and Switzerland (EASAC), a special event took place from 11th to 13th May 2016 during the biannual Council Meeting. This...... read more

EASAC Letter to Jean Claude Juncker on COP21 | 31.05.16

As an outcome of discussions between EASAC’s three Steering Panels (Environment, Energy and Biosciences) in May 2016, a letter was sent to the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, in which EASAC...... read more

Open workshop on energy storage in electricity grids | 29.03.16

The EASAC working group on electricity storage held its 4th meeting on 23 / 24 March 2016 in Dublin, hosted by the Royal Irish Academy.  The working meeting was preceded by an open workshop, which attracted ~150...... read more

EASAC report "Gain of Function" presented at symposium organised by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine | 24.03.16

Main messages from the EASAC report "Gain of function: experimental applications relating to potentially pandemic pathogens" were presented by Professor Volker ter Meulen, chair of the EASAC Working Group, at the...... read more

Presidents of the European Academy Networks meet EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors | 18.03.16

On 17 March, the Presidents of the five European Academy Networks came together in Brussels to meet with Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, and with the High Level Group of Scientific...... read more

Successful workshop held on "Europe's Forests" | 25.02.16

Work on the project Sustainability and Multi-functionality in Europe’s Forests is progressing well, and benefited on 16 February from a very successful workshop in the Royal Belgian Academies' building in Brussels at which 6...... read more

Summary of the EASAC launch event of the report on "Gain of Function (in virology)" | 23.11.15

On 21 October 2015 the EASAC report on "Gain of Function" was officially released during a public event at the Palace of Academies in Brussels, Belgium. Participants had a stimulating discussion and members from DG...... read more

Letter on Data Protection Regulation | 17.11.15

Together with many of the most important research organisations of Europe, EASAC has sent a letter to the Times, asking for a proportionate “Data Protection Regulation”, that does not undermine medical research. You can read...... read more

Public Launch of EASAC report on Gain of Function | 07.10.15

The next EASAC report on "Gain of Function" will be launched during a public event on 21 October 2015 in Brussels. This will be a discussion on modification of the influenza virus and recent related research,...... read more

EASAC Summary on Personalised Medicine | 02.10.15

This document is a result of discussions in our Biosciences Steering Panel. EASAC will potentially take the issue of Personalised Medicine forward and produce a joint statement of our member academies. Download document here. ... read more

EASAC has elected Thierry Courvoisier as new President | 01.10.15

Professor Thierry Courvoisier, currently Vice-President of EASAC and President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, has been elected as next President of EASAC from 2017 to 2019. He will now act as President-elect and...... read more

EASAC signs open letter to Scottish government as response to the planned ban of GM in Scotland | 18.08.15

The European Academies' Science Advisory Council has signed an open letter to the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs Mr. Richard Lochead. In this letter 28 research organisations respond to the plans of the Scottish Government...... read more

Highly successful workshop held in Vilnius on 17 June 2015 | 19.06.15

on joint report "Management of spent nuclear fuel and its waste" by EASAC and European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) A joint report for policy makers was published in September 2014, by a working group of...... read more

Joint Statement on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation | 01.06.15

EASAC has joined a number of stakeholders and organizations in signing the “Joint Statement on the potential impacts of the proposed In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation 2012/0267(COD) and amendments on genetic...... read more

Statement of European academic networks in support of European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes | 11.05.15

The Statement of the European academic networks: Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-Case and FEAM can be found here. The European Directive 2010/63/EU , adopted in September 2010 and effective from 1 January 2013, provides...... read more

Gain of Function: request for advice from scientific community on revision of EU Export Control Regulation | 17.03.15

One of the areas covered by the EASAC project on Gain of Function relates to the issues arising from the current situation where publication of certain Gain of Function (GoF) research results falls within the scope of the EU...... read more

EASAC stimulates discussion on antimicrobial drug discovery | 02.02.15

Following publication of the Statement "Antimicrobial drug discovery: greater steps ahead", EASAC organised a discussion in Brussels on 3 December 2014 to raise visibility of the issues with policy-makers and to...... read more

Knighthood for EASAC Vice President | 10.01.15

EASAC is delighted to announce that one of its Vice Presidents, Professor Martyn Poliakoff, has been recognised in the United Kingdom's New Year's Honours list. Sir Martyn, who is a Research Professor of Chemistry at...... read more

EASAC kicks off new project on "Gain of function" | 05.12.14

The EASAC "Gain of Function" project was initiated to explore the issues (potential risks and benefits) raised by recent research on the modification of the H5N1 virus to manipulate its transmission potential, to...... read more

European Academies inform MEPs on GMO legislation | 24.10.14

EASAC position on GMOs In July 2014, after four years' deliberation and negotiation among member states, the Council adopted its first-reading position on a draft directive granting member states more flexibility to decide...... read more

EASAC commentary published in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery | 01.10.14

On 1 October, Nature Reviews: Drug Discovery published a Commentary by EASAC President Jos van der Meer et al., on Antimicrobial innovation. Based on an EASAC-Leopoldina-KNAW meeting held in March 2014, the authors argue that...... read more

EASAC continues collaboration with EU Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) | 30.09.14

On 30 September, EASAC and the JRC, The European Commission's in-house science service, renewed their Letter of Intent to collaborate for another three years. The two organisations have been collaborating since September 2011...... read more

EASAC supports position of Chief Scientific Advisor | 07.08.14

EASAC has signed two letters recently in support of the continuation of the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission's President. The first letter, dated 4 July 2014, was a joint letter by the 4...... read more

EASAC and JRC set up Brainstorming Workshop with Global Young Academy | 14.07.14

As part of EASAC's ongoing cooperation with the EU Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the two organisations have organised a joint Brainstorming Workshop with the Global Young Academy (GYA) on 11 July 2014 in Brussels....... read more

IAP Statement on "Realising Global Potential in Synthetic Biology: Scientific Opportunities and Good Governance" | 13.06.14

IAP - the Global Network of Science Academies - has published a Statement on "Realising Global Potential in Synthetic Biology: Scientific Opportunities and Good Governance". The Statement and a corresponding 'World...... read more

Risks to Plant Health - Launch of EASAC Report 24 | 28.03.14

On 10 March 2014 EASAC organised a public event to present its latest policy report "Risks to Plant Health: European Union priorities for tackling emerging plant pests and diseases". The new report highlights...... read more

EASAC - JRC Joint Fringe at the Innovation Convention | 08.03.14

EASAC is participating in the European Commission's Innovation Convention 2014, which takes place 10-11 March 2014 in Brussels. Jointly with the JRC, we are organising a fringe event on"Crop genetic improvement technologies...... read more

Extreme Weather Events in Europe - Launch of new EASAC report | 28.11.13

In recent years, Europe has suffered a rising number of extreme weather events - from unprecedented heat waves and droughts to record-breaking floods, wind storms and freezes. These events do not respect borders and it is vital...... read more

Video Coverage from the EASAC Breakthrough Technologies Workshop in Stockholm | 30.10.13

Here you can find the video coverage of the EASAC Breakthrough Technologies Workshop in Stockholm, Sweden 19-20 September 2013. http://www.youtube.com/embed/GRhiQVlO8EA?autoplay=1 More information on the event can be found...... read more

Euractiv interview with Anne Glover: Chief EU scientist backs damning report urging GMO "rethink" | 26.09.13

Studies linking genetically modified crops with adverse effects on the environment or animal health are based on "contested science", according to a recent report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council...... read more

Response to the Commission's current consultation on the "Future of carbon capture and storage in Europe" (COM(2013) 180 final) | 22.08.13

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is the body established by the national science academies of European countries to provide scientific advice to EU policy makers. In October 2011 it established a working...... read more

Response to the consultation "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies" | 22.06.13

This response to the consultation on the green paper "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies" is made by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the body established by the national science...... read more

Launch Event of EASAC Report "Carbon Capture and Storage", 22 May 2013 in Brussels | 29.05.13

On Wednesday 22 May EASAC organised a public event to present its latest policy report "Carbon capture and storage in Europe". The new report examines the challenges that must be addressed to secure CCS as a viable...... read more

Scientific Support to Key Enabling Technologies and Innovative SMEs | 02.05.13

On 25th of April 2013, the Joint Research Center (JRC) organised a meeting on 'Scientific Support to Key Enabling Technologies and Innovative SMEs' and Sir Brian Heap, chaired the session referring to the Health...... read more

A strategic vision for European standards: Moving forward to enhance and accelerate the sustainable growth of the European economy by 2020 | 30.04.13

Sir Brian Heap, President of EASAC, chaired a session on 'What can science offer' in a meeting on 'Putting Science into Standards: the example of eco-innovation', organised by the Joint Research Center (JRC) on 24-25 April...... read more

Meeting of EASAC President with CSA Anne Glover | 13.02.13

On Tuesday 12 February, a small EASAC group met with Commission President Barroso's Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA), Prof. Anne Glover, to discuss the details of the future collaboration between her and the National Academies of...... read more

International Innovation Interview with Dr Christiane Diehl, Executive Director of EASAC | 31.01.13

Founded by the national science academies of the EU Member States, EASAC acts as an authoritative voice of science in Europe, taking pride in its complete independence from outside funding bodies and its access to outstanding...... read more

The "smart villages" initiative | 23.01.13

EASAC is collaborating with the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre (MCSC), a charitable body based at Cambridge, UK, on a study of provision of energy in rural communities in developing countries. The integrating concept...... read more

Joint EASAC-NASAC Workshop on "Planting the Future" | 12.12.12

The networks of the European and African National Academies of Science - EASAC and NASAC - held a joint Workshop on 20 November 2012 in Addis Ababa, at the African Union Commission. The purpose of the workshop was to enter...... read more

EASAC-FEAM-STOA Workshop on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing on 3 December in Brussels | 03.12.12

On 3 December EASAC has organised a workshop on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing in cooperation with FEAM and STOA. During this workshop the scientific, regulatory and ethical questions were discussed which are being raised...... read more

Letter of the academies' on Horizon 2020 | 13.11.12

To the Heads of State or Government of EU Countries and the Presidents of EU institutions Letter The Acadamies of Europe 1. As representatives of the European academies of science and humanities we support the Open Letter of...... read more

EASAC has elected Jos van der Meer as new President to succeed Sir Brian Heap from January 2014 | 12.11.12

Professor Jos van der Meer, current Vice-President of EASAC and former Vice-President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW), has been elected as new President of EASAC to succeed Sir Brian Heap from January...... read more

European Commission-EASAC High-level Event on Independent Scientific Advice for EU Policies | 19.10.12

On 16 October, the presidents of EASAC's member academies were invited by the European Commission (EC) to a high-level event to discuss the topic of independent scientific advice for EU policies.  The European Commission...... read more

Journal "Nature" has issued correspondence on EASAC-JRC report on nanomaterials | 16.08.12

The journal "Nature" has issued a correspondence about the the joint EASAC-JRC report "Impact of Engineered Nanomaterials on Health: Considerations for Benefit-Risk Assessment". This article can be downloaded...... read more

Announcement of new project and call for evidence: "Planting the future: opportunities and challenges for sustainable crop development" | 24.07.12

There are major challenges for global agriculture to achieve sustainable food security when faced with population growth, climate change and increased social and economic instability. The EU is not immune from these...... read more

The Lancet has issued an editorial on EASAC's report "Direct-to-consumer genetic testing" | 14.07.12

The Lancet has issued an editorial on EASAC's report "Direct-to-consumer genetic testing" which can be viewed here. ... read more

EASAC's concern about the draft Energy Efficiency Directive | 05.06.12

European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the association of the National Science Academies of EU member states, is concerned about the draft Energy Efficiency Directive currently under consideration by the EU...... read more

European File Magazine publishes article on EASAC | 24.05.12

The April issue of the European Files Magazine, dedicated to "Science and Innovation in Europe", includes an article on EASAC. In this article "The benefits of scientific networks in Europe: the example of EASAC...... read more

Science for Environment Policy publishes article on EASAC's report on Nanomaterials | 18.05.12

Science for Environment Policy, the European Commission's environmental news service for policy makers has published an article on EASAC's report "Impact of Engineered Nanomaterials on Health" in its May 2012 issue. In...... read more

Science for Environment Policy publishes article on EASAC's report on Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) | 26.04.12

Science for Environment Policy, the European Commission's environmental news service for policy makers has published an article on EASAC's report "Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)" in its March 2012 issue. In this...... read more

Open call for evidence and inputs to the EASAC study of carbon capture and storage | 03.02.12

Open call for evidence and inputs to the EASAC study of carbon capture and storage The European Academies Science Advisory Council (www.easac.eu) is currently undertaking a study of the challenges and prospects for carbon...... read more

Workshop "Solar Energy (Concentrating Solar Power)"¯ in Athens, Greece | 12.12.11

Report of workshop "Solar Energy (Concentrating Solar Power)"¯ Held at the Academy of Athens, 9th December, 2011 The workshop was held at the Academy of Athens to consider developments in concentrating solar power...... read more

10th Anniversary Event in Brussels | 07.11.11

EASAC has celebrated its 10th anniversary on 7 November in Brussels, at the Palace of the Royal Belgian Academies. Because EASAC aims at improving the dialogue between scientists and policy-makers, the first part of the evening...... read more

Launch Event EASAC-JRC report Nanosafety and EASAC-JRC "Letter of Intent" | 21.09.11

EASAC will shortly publish a new policy report titled "Impact of Engineered Nanomaterials on Health: Considerations for Benefit-Risk Assessment". This policy report is the result of the first strategic liaison...... read more

Open Call for Evidence: Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing (EASAC and FEAM) | 08.07.11

EASAC-FEAM Working Group on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing: Announcement of new project and open Call for Evidence... read more

EASAC's Energy Steering Panel reviews Japan's nuclear disaster and Europe's response | 14.06.11

Such were the repercussions of a severe earthquake and its accompanying tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear power station on March 11, 2011 that it led governments, including Germany's, to re-assess their nuclear energy...... read more

EASAC presentation for STOA panel | 11.03.11

On 10 March 2011, the Chairman and the Secretary of EASACā€™s Biosciences Steering Panel, Professor Volker ter Meulen and Dr Robin Fears, together with the head of EASACā€™s Brussels Office, Ms. Sofie Vanthournout, visited a...... read more

Open Call for Evidence: Concentrating Solar Power | 10.09.10

EASAC has recently commenced a study on concentrating solar power (CSP). Its aims are to provide an independent view for policy makers of the prospects for concentrating solar power in Europe and the developments that will be...... read more

Energy and Environment Steering Panels Meeting in Brussels 11 May | 17.05.10

The members of the EASAC Environment Steering Panel and the EASAC Energy Steering Panel have met in Brussels on 11 May. On their agenda was the discussion of upcoming EASAC studies, such as the Energy Programmeā€™s plans for a...... read more

EASAC co-operates with Belgian Academies to create a Brussels network | 01.04.10

The Royal Academies for Sciences and the Arts of Belgium (RASAB) are cooperating with EASAC to intensify the co-operation of both organisations with EU policy-makers and opinion-formers in Brussels. Since April 2010, RASAB is...... read more