EASAC – European Academies Science Advisory Council

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters works with a set of initiatives under the Science advice umbrella, and one important pillar is the EASAC membership.

EASAC is the voice of independent Science advice, mobilising Europe’s leading scientists to guide EU policy for the benefit of society. It brings together the National Academies of Science of the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland.
EASAC sets up committees of experts who produce independent, evidence-based reports in three areas that help policy-makers make informed decisions:

  • Energy
  • Biosciences
  • Environment

These reports are presented to the EU Commission in Brussels.

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The EASAC membership is cruicial for the Academy's Science advice initiative.

Potential topics for new reports are submitted from individual persons, individual countries or from the EU Parliament.

EASAC report examples:

  • The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe
  • Decarbonisation of Transport: options and Challenges
  • Opportunities for future research and innovation on food and nutrition security and agriculture 
  • Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe
  • New Plant Breeding Techniques
  • Food safety

An example of a report that has had great influence is the report on Insecticides

EASAC on-going report examples:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine 
  • Changes in Ocean Circulation: Implications for Europe 
  • Plastics in a Circular Economy 
  • Decarbonisation of buildings and heating 
  • Regenerative Medicine 

Statements
From time to time EASAC publishes shorter Statements, and an example is the Statement on vaccines.

Reports of relevance for Norway
The Academy will prioritize reports with a special relevance for Norway, and then invite to Academy meetings. The reports will be presented, preferably by one of the authors, and a panel will discuss the issue at hand in front of an audience. Agreements with relevant universities and colleges will be entered to ensure follow-up initiatives.