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2 December 2013: EASAC releases report on ‘Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies’
The latest release from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) considers likely future changes in extreme weather over Europe. It identifies significant challenges in preparing Europe for a future with a greater frequency of extreme weather including heat waves, floods, droughts and storms. The report highlights a lack of a 60% rise over the last 30 years in the costs of damage from extreme weather events across Europe, and the need for EU wide preparation against disease, population migration, environmental and infrastructural damage.
"Catastrophic weather events, such as we have seen in the Philippines, are likely to become more frequent and severe due to global warming. This report from some of Europe's leading climate scientists confirms the scientific connections between extreme events and climate change and provides yet another wakeup call that the clock is ticking” says the Academy’s EASAC nominee Professor John Sweeney.
The report identifies 5 key areas requiring immediate EU action - Heat-waves; Flood defence and early warning; Agriculture; Climate research; Adaptation Plans. The full report is available here.
18 November 2013: RIA endorses IAP/IAMP Statement on Antimicrobial Resistance
The Royal Irish Academy endorses the statementby the Inter Academy Panel of Global Science Academies (IAP) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) on Antimicrobial Resistance, which notes that the global pandemic of antibiotic resistance in both community care and hospital-associated infections represents a major health and economic burden. The Statement outlines a series of recommended actions to alleviate the current public health problem of antimicrobial resistance and future steps to avert a growth in such resistance. The Statement will be of particular interest to public health research funders and the Departments of Health and Agriculture. The Statement can be downloaded here.
11.11.2013 - The Academy welcomes ALLEA’s calls for Enhancement of Open Access to Scientific Publications
10.10.2013: New ALLEA Statement released – “Ethics education in science”
Of particular interest to Irish researchers and public research funders is the focus within the ALLEA statement on the importance of integrating the ethical responsibilities of scientists into the curriculum of scientific education and the need for scientists to be aware of and have the ability to deal with issues concerning research integrity and research ethics in a wider sense.
New initiative: Irish Humanities Alliance
The RIA is partnering with ten higher education institutions, north and south, to form the Irish Humanities Alliance. More details...
How to Succeed with the European Research Council
Prof. Donald Dingwell, Secretary General, European Research Council spoke to Irish researchers at the Irish Research Council on ‘How to Succeed at the ERC’. Click here for more information.
Making Open Access Work for Ireland
The Royal Irish Academy and the Irish Research Council held a forum on Open Access on May 2, 2013. Click here for more information.
Roadmap for Embedding the Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020
All European Academies (ALLEA), which brings together 52 Academies in more than 40 countries, has today published a roadmap for embedding the social sciences and humanities in Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme from 2014-2020.
The roadmap sets out the key value of the social sciences and humanities in the realisation of Horizon 2020’s goals whilst making four key recommendations:
- The introduction of specific quotas for the representation of the social sciences and humanities within Expert Advisory Groups and Programme Committees across all three pillars and societal challenges of Horizon 2020
- The allocation of individual quotas within the aforementioned structures for the social sciences, and for the humanities. Both areas cover a vast disciplinary range and an extraordinary breadth of perspectives. One cannot be substituted for the other.
- Adequate social science and humanities representation amongst the evaluators of bids to Horizon 2020 Calls to support the realisation of the interdisciplinary goals Horizon 2020 has set itself.
- Development of a new enhanced and dedicated unit for the social sciences and humanities and their embedding within DG Research & Innovation.
The roadmap was developed out of a meeting of ALLEA’s Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group of which the Royal Irish Academy is a member.
Royal Irish Academy advocates for the Humanities and Social Sciences within Horizon 2020
The Royal Irish Academy has written to:
- the Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Mr. Sean Sherlock, T.D, championing the position of the humanities and social sciences in Horizon 2020;
- the European Commissioner, Maire Geogehan Quinn, supporting a greater role for the Humanities and Social sciences in realising the goals of Horizon 2020.
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