EASAC brings together the National Academies of Science of the EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The aim of EASAC is to speak as the collective voice of EU National Academies and provide science-based advice to EU institutions on policy-relevant issue.
The national academies of science of the EU member states joined forces in 2001 to establish the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC). Since then, EASAC has been preparing statements, reports and contributions for scientific journals on timely issues in the fields of energy, environment and biosciences. The proposals for the topics come from the scientific community itself or are suggested to EASAC by EU institutions.
EASAC is the affiliated regional network of the global academy network IAP in Europe and a member of the project consortium SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies). As part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism, SAM, SAPEA prepares independent statements and evidence-based recommendations on issues of particular relevance at the EU level.
In 2010, the Leopoldina took over the EASAC office from the British Royal Society and hosted it at the academy’s headquarters in Halle (Saale) until 2021. The transfer to another European academy will take place in 2022. The EASAC office is responsible for organising the meetings of all committees, advisory and working groups as well as for releasing EASAC publications.
Deputy Head International Academy Networks (IAP, EASAC)
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