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International Policy Reports

The Need for Intellectual Property Rights Strategies at Academic Institutions

11 November 2019

A statement produced by ALLEA’s Permanent Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights, which comprises experts from various disciplines and from academies across Europe.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Statement by EASAC and FEAM

07 November 2019

Academies warn against unregulated use of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Delivering Horizon Europe

10 October 2019

European Academies call for Excellence, Fairness and Openness in the Implementation of Horizon Europe.

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Making Sense of Science for Policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

09 July 2019

Science advice offers unique benefits to policymakers in tackling global challenges like climate change.

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Improving Scientific Input to Global Policy-making with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

20 May 2019

Report discussing how the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires access to, and the application of, the best available evidence.

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Flourishing in a Data-enabled Society

21 June 2019

Discussion paper examining how a European approach to data governance can unlock the full potential of data-based technologies, while at the same time safeguarding European values

ALLEA and The Royal Society Download

Transforming the future of ageing

27 June 2019

This report shows that the ageing process needs to be transformed. Europe must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation

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The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe

04 June 2019

Report by the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) calls on European governments to accelerate their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the impact of climate change on air quality.

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Decarbonisation of transport: options and challenges

20 March 2019

A new report on transportation and greenhouse gas emissions by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

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International Delegates Report 2018

16 March 2019

Reports from our international delegates on their activities.

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Forest bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, and carbon dioxide removal: an update

20 February 2019

This EASAC commentary re-emphasises the findings of earlier EASAC projects

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Trust in Science and Changing Landscapes of Communication

23 January 2019

The third issue of the ALLEA Discussion Paper series from The ALLEA Working Group "Truth, Trust and Expertise"

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Science in Times of Challenged Trust and Expertise

21 January 2019

The ALLEA General Assembly 2018 Conference Proceedings ''Science in Times of Challenged Trust and Expertise''

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Trust Within Science: Dynamics and Norms of Knowledge Production

21 January 2019

The second issue of the ALLEA Discussion Paper series from The ALLEA Working Group "Truth, Trust and Expertise"

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A Scientific Perspective on Microplastics in Nature and Society

10 January 2019

Verdict of SAPEA’s Evidence Review Report on micro and nanoplastic pollution

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ALLEA Response to Plan S

12 December 2018

ALLEA consideration of Plan S, the initiative for open access publishing supported by a consortium of research funders across Europe, and discussion of likely impacts and implementation requirements.

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Opportunities for future research and innovation on food and nutrition security and agriculture: The InterAcademy Partnership's global perspective

01 November 2018

Synthesis by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) based on the four regional academy network studies.

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Health Inequalities: an interdisciplinary exploration of socioeconomic position, health and causality

27 November 2018

A joint publication by ALLEA (All European Academies - the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities), FEAM (Federation of European Academies of Medicine) and the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of...


Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe

28 September 2018

EASAC says policy-makers need to grasp opportunities to safeguard Europe’s soils and ensure their sustainability.

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Commentary by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) on Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutralit

15 June 2018

Commentary by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) on Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutrality

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Vaccination in Europe: An EASAC and FEAM commentary on the EC Roadmap ‘Strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases’

18 April 2018

Europe’s national science and medical academies call for tailor-made interventions, European vaccination card and registry.

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Extreme weather events in Europe

21 March 2018

Preparing for climate change adaptation: an update on EASAC’s 2013 study. New data confirm increased frequency of extreme weather events, European national science academies urge further action on climate change...

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Food from the Oceans

29 November 2017

How can more food and biomass be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits?

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Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe

05 December 2017

New report from European science academies calls for urgent action on food and nutrition security: Europe will need to change its diet to address climate change and health

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Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?

01 February 2018

A new report by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

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