On 11-12 May, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will welcome the public to a series of lectures in Oslo given by some of Europe's preeminent scientists in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC). The connection between science and policy - particularly the positive impact that science-based policies can have for societies - will be the central focus of this event. On this anniversary, EASAC welcomes the public to celebrate science-policy dialogue and the independent policy advice of Europe's science academies, says Jos van der Meer.
Please register for the event here by May 3, 2016
Jos van der Meer, the President of EASAC. Photo: Leopoldina-Markus Scholz
The keynote speaker will be Nobel Laureate and neuroscientist Professor Edvard Moser, who will speak about his groundbreaking research on the brain's mechanism for representing space.
Professor William Sutherland of the University of Cambridge will discuss the art of providing science-based advice to policymakers.
From government, the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, will speak as will Johannes Klumpers from DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
They will be joined by leading scientists from across Europe to explore societal issues - including marine sustainability, gain of function experiments in virology, electricity storage, and the impact of the use of neonicotinoids on ecosystem services - through the lens of science. There will be opportunities for questions throughout the event.
Jos van der Meer, the President of EASAC, says: "With this event, we are looking back at the past 15 years of our science and policy work - but we are also looking ahead to the next 15 years. How can the National Science Academies of Europe continue to provide cutting-edge and rigorously independent science-based advice?"
EASAC is formed by the national science academies of the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland, to collaborate in giving advice to European policy-makers. EASAC provides a means for the collective voice of European science to be heard. Through EASAC, the academies work together to provide independent, expert, evidence-based advice about the scientific aspects of European policies to those who make or influence policy within the European institutions. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will host the EASAC Council Meetings and the 15th anniversary event in 2016.