Science advice

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Detail from a tiled stove at the Academy. Photo Hans Kristian Thorbjørnsen

The Academy is developing a new key service area: Science advice.
The aim is to provide high quality, timely and independent scientific advice to support policy-making activities.

Science based decisions
The Academy is cooperating with other European academies to develop Science advice activities within the areas of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. For the areas of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, this cooperation takes place within the EASAC network, while for the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, the bulk of the cooperation takes place within ALLEA.

The Norwegian Technical Science Academy cooperates with other academies under the Euro-CASE umbrella.
These three European Academy Networks, in addition to Academia Europaea and FEAM, constitute the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium. SAPEA brings together the knowledge and expertise of fellows from over 100 Academies and Learned Societies in over 40 countries across Europe, spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences. The consortium supports the EU Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice in terms of reports for its policy-making activities.

Selected collection of reports
In a start up-phase we will prioritize a selected collection of reports with special relevance for Norway, and take a closer look at their specific consequences for this country. The necessary adjustments will be made to develop extended summaries.
In addition, the Academy will include other relevant reports and issues under its Science advice umbrella.
Based on these reports Academy meetings and seminars will be arranged.

Taking an active role
There are already several established Science advice-structures in Norway, both formal and informal, to provide Science advice for policy development. Even so, the Academy has identified an open space, where we will seek to take an active role, based on our:

  • independence
  • members’ broad competence and their extensive networks, both nationally and internationally
  • tradition from a knowledge based and acknowledged rostrum
  • academy organizations memberships

The Academy’s objective is to become an important knowledge provider, and our Science advice effort is a significant step in this direction. The concept will be further developed as we move ahead, and the work is carried out in close collaboration with the Norwegian Technical Science Academy in Trondheim.

Brussels representative
Helene Rønning is engaged as a senior advisor for the EASAC secretariat in Brussels.
Her office is in Norway House, and she will work in close collaboration with The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

Lise Kjølsrød (University of Oslo) is engaged in a 20% position as Professor II to contribute to the development of the Academy’s Science advice commitment.