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New EASAC report on genome editing advises European policy-makers on how to approach groundbreaking research on plants, animals, microbes and humans | 23.03.17

A new report by the European Academies' Science Advisory Council on genome editing gives advice to European policy-makers on groundbreaking research involving genome editing and plants, animals, microbes and patients. In this...... read more

New circular economy reports: Indicators and "critical materials" could make or break EU strategy | 24.11.16

The development of a circular economy remains a critical issue in the European Union. The EU will need to choose the right approach to indicators of progress and "critical materials" to achieve its circular economy...... read more

15 Years of EASAC: A Celebration of Science for Policy | 26.04.16

Invitation to the 15th anniversary of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters May 11-12, 2016 A celebration of science for policy: Nobel Laureate, senior scientists,...... read more

EU regulatory policy needs to differentiate between transport fuels' GHG intensity, deliver low-carbon market signals | 13.04.16

Press release for EASAC statement on taking into account the “Greenhouse gas footprints of different oil feedstocks” for transport fuels The European Union’s new Upstream Emission Reduction scheme encourages oil producers to...... read more

Sustainable seas: New report calls for ambitious action and flexible approach to protect marine sustainability | 21.01.16

Oceans and seas play a crucial role in regulating our climate, nurturing biodiversity, and providing income and food to people around the world. At COP21, governments across the globe agreed that we must set a more aggressive...... read more

Circular Economy: European national academies of science urge European commission to address it in international trade negotiations | 14.12.15

The circular economy has been a controversial issue since the new Commission cancelled the previous 2014 proposals and undertook to issue a new Circular Economy package by the end of 2015.  In response to this, EASAC (the...... read more

Research and responsibility: European National Science Academies make recommendations on Gain of Function research | 19.10.15

In Gain of function studies, genes in viruses are experimentally modified to study the mechanism of virus spread. In a new report published today, the European Science Academies (EASAC) discuss the risks and benefits of this...... read more

EASAC establishes Senior Advisory Group | 01.09.15

The Senior Advisory Group (SAG) of EASAC, the association of the National Science Academies of the EU member states, Norway and Switzerland, met in Strasbourg on 30-31 August 2015 with EASAC's Bureau. There was vigorous...... read more

European Science Academies contribute to informed debate on Marine Sustainability | 04.06.15

The seas and oceans are under pressure from a widening array of human activities, pollution and growing coastal populations. These multiple pressures have created an increasing focus on coherent marine and maritime governance...... read more

The European Academy Organisations welcome President Juncker's proposal for the academies to play an active part in the new mechanism for independent scientific advice in the European Commission | 13.05.15

We very much welcome the proposal of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to more strongly involve the academies in Europe through their networks in the new mechanism for independent scientific advice for policy...... read more

Scientists from the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters provide advice to European policy makers | 04.05.15

Helsinki is hosting a meeting of experts from the Energy programme of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) this week, to discuss priorities for providing advice to policy makers in the European Commission and...... read more

Neonicotinoids: European Science Academies call for debate that expands beyond bees | 08.04.15

A focus on honey bees has distorted the debate around neonicotinoids. But there is more and more evidence that widespread use of neonicotinoids has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like...... read more

European Academy Organisations Sign Memorandum of Understanding | 26.03.15

On 26 March 2015, the Presidents of five European academy organisations met in Berlin to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen inter-academy cooperation in Europe. The Director-General of DG Research and...... read more

No scientific or technical grounds to ban fracking - but it won't guarantee Europe's energy security | 13.11.14

In a statement published today, the EU's National Science Academies conclude that there are no scientific or technical grounds to ban shale gas exploration or extraction using hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as...... read more

EASAC sets out strategy for antimicrobial resistance fight back | 01.10.14

New scientific approaches and EU-wide support essential for success claims van der Meer In a comment published today in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, the President of the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC)...... read more

Management of spent nuclear fuel and its waste | 30.09.14

New EASAC-JRC report provides framework for long term sustainable nuclear spent fuel management in Europe An important and inevitable by-product of nuclear energy production is the spent nuclear fuel that needs to be managed and...... read more

After Rosetta success, where next for European space policy? | 10.09.14

New EASAC report launched in Paris urges a strategic rethink in Europe's options for the continued exploration of the solar system EASAC, the association of the National Science Academies of EU member states, will present its...... read more

First EASAC "Science into Policy Summit" | 20.03.14

Budapest meeting points to impact of recent reports on issues such as extreme weather, GMOs and DTC genetic testing The inaugural "Science into Policy" Summit organised in Budapest jointly by EASAC, the European...... read more

Europe must improve its response to the threat of plant pests and diseases | 10.03.14

Latest EASAC report on "Risks to Plant Health" recommends urgent coordinated action to avoid damage to food security and the environment. Potentially devastating plant pests and diseases are highlighted in a new...... read more

Workshop on "Antimicrobial Drug Discovery, Greater Steps Ahead" | 07.03.14

Nobel Laureate and UK Chief Medical Officer join major EASAC-led initiative on overcoming stagnation in development of new antimicrobial drugs European science academies believe impending disaster can only be averted by...... read more

NASAC-EASAC Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology in Addis Ababa | 27.02.14

African and EU Science Academies agree on potential of Agricultural Biotechnology to meet continent's growing food security issues Addis Ababa, 27 February 2014: Leading African and European scientists and policy-makers ended...... read more

New EASAC President and Vice-Presidents assume posts | 20.12.13

Halle, Germany 20 December 2013 Prof. Sir Brian Heap completed his 3-year term of office as President of EASAC at the end of the Council meeting in Rome, 5-6 December 2013. The new EASAC President is Jos van der Meer, an eminent...... read more

EASAC warns Europe to prepare for future Extreme Weather Events | 28.11.13

Europe needs to plan for future probabilities of extreme weather. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so there is a need for action at both national and EU levels.  The IPCC has advised that...... read more

EASAC warns EU policy on GM crops threatens the future of our agriculture | 25.06.13

Brussels - 25 June 2013 Regulation must be product- rather than technology-focused A new independent expert report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council warns of the grave scientific, economic and social...... read more

Is Carbon Capture and Storage worth EU investment? | 21.05.13

Brussels, 21.5.2013 The EU's renewable energy policy sets out ambitious environment and climate change objectives. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) forms an important component of the EU’s strategy to meet these targets. In...... read more

Is EU biofuels policy carbon-inefficient and environmentally damaging? | 17.04.13

PRESS RELEASE Brussels, 17 April 2013 In recent weeks the European Commission, Member States, NGOs and industry have debated the Commission's proposed cap on first-generation biofuels for road transport fuels. ...... read more

Plant Genetic Resources- the future for Europe's food and agriculture | 06.06.12

As the EU is a net importer of food and feed and has an over-dependence on a few crops, EASAC makes the case that better use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture is a necessary part of the response to the global...... read more

EASAC celebrates its ten-year anniversary in Brussels and presents a new statement on solar power | 07.11.11

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which brings together the national science academies of the EU Member States, is marking its 10th anniversary tonight. The celebrations will be held at the Palais des...... read more

JRC and EASAC sign agreement for closer cooperation | 18.10.11

Brussels, 18 October 2011 - The Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) have signed an agreement towards closer cooperation, in the name of the common goal to support policy making...... read more

What Europe should be doing about infectious diseases | 06.04.11

"Infectious diseases create 10% of the burden of disease in Europe. They continue to represent a major and serious challenge and we remain vulnerable to future global threats. To tackle this challenge, Europe needs to create...... read more

Meeting of European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences | 23.06.10

EASAC, the coalition of the National Academies of Sciences of EU member states, has held a full meeting of Council to debate and decide its work programme until the end of 2011.  The members of EASAC Council also met with...... read more

Europe risks TB time bomb unless EU agrees joined-up strategy to combat disease | 24.03.09

Tuberculosis (TB) has re-emerged as a significant problem for the European Union and unless serious steps are taken to raise awareness and align strategy across Europe all previous progress made in controlling the disease will be...... read more

Ecosystems services and biodiversity in Europe | 17.02.09

The life support systems that are provided by the environment ("ecosystem services") are undervalued by Europeans and must be protected by new legislation, warns a new report by the European Academies...... read more

Zoonoses | 15.06.08

Most new human pathogens reported in the past 25 years, such as influenza and SARS, have zoonotic origins. The risk of zoonotic infection, that is any infection transmissible between vertebrate animals and humans,...... read more

Links between migration and infectious disease in Europe | 18.09.07

The healthcare screening and treatment processes for migrants entering the EU need to be better evaluated and coordinated across Member States -  to prevent the potential spread of infectious diseases such as TB and HIV -...... read more

Moving Water Symposium | 29.06.07

Moving waterInternational symposium, Stockholm 12 November 2007 Where? In Kulturhuset, Stockholm (Horsalen, Studio 3)When? 12th of November 2007How? One day event with presentations and discussionsFor whom? The General Public,...... read more

Microbes beating medicine | 21.06.07

Deaths from previously treatable infections will become more common unless there is investment in the science needed to tackle antibiotic resistance Europes leading scientists have warned in a report published today (21 June...... read more

Human embryonic stem cell research | 24.07.06

Latest (24/07/06): Human embryonic stem cell research The Chairman of EASAC, Professor David Spearman, has appealed to Ministers attending a European Council meeting today (24 July 2006) not to impose a blanket ban on the use of...... read more

ERC Evaluation Panel nominations | 10.07.06

At the request of the ERC Scientific Council, EASAC today sent them more than a hundred nominations of scientists to populate the ERC evaluation panels.  The nominations were from across the EU and were proposed by...... read more

National academies call on European Commission to reduce obstacles to vaccine development | 09.05.06

The European Commission must encourage greater collaboration between universities and drug companies on the research and development of vaccines, and tackle problems in clinical research, including shortfalls in clinical trials,...... read more

Co-ordination across Europe needed to combat growing disease threat | 14.06.05

Co-ordination across Europe is needed to combat the growing threat of avian flu and other infectious diseases, according to a report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), launched today (14 June 2005) at a...... read more

European conservation targets at risk because of lack of monitoring system | 22.03.05

European Union targets on stemming the decline of European wildlife and their habitats could be undermined unless a system to monitor whether conservation measures are actually working is urgently put in place, warns a report by...... read more

Dangerous air pollution levels from shipping, North America and Asia | 17.06.04

Efforts to improve air quality across the European Union are failing because of pollution created elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, particularly Asia and North America, and by international shipping, the European Academies...... read more

Use of plant genetics in conventional agriculture "held back" | 24.05.04

The successful application of new tools and methods in plant genetics to conventional farming is being held back in the European Union by the lack of a coherent research strategy and the impact of legislation, according to a...... read more

Finland and Sweden lead way towards target for research and development | 06.04.04

Finland and Sweden have already attained a European Union target for expenditure on research and development despite having relatively low levels of public investment, according to a report published today (6 April 2004) by the...... read more

European scientists review genetics for conventional plant breeding | 18.03.03

Leading European scientists have launched a study into how recent rapid advances in decoding the genetic information for crops can be applied to conventional plant breeding, it was announced today (18 March 2003). The European...... read more

Building science in to policy | 11.06.01

Top European Scientists are today gathered in Stockholm to launch a new council for providing independent expert advice to European policy makers. Leaders of the national academies of the EU member states, together with Academia...... read more