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International Policy Reports

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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Brexit, Rights, and the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement

21 December 2018

A paper analysing how well the Withdrawal Agreement has addressed the protection of human rights and equality rights in Northern Ireland once the UK has withdrawn from the EU.

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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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EASAC Commentary: Forest Bioenergy and Carbon Neutrality

15 June 2018

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

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Findings and recommendations from the Smart Villages Initiative 2014–2017

28 June 2018

European National Science Academies and Smart Villages Initiative present Recommendations for the European Development Community,

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Loss of Trust? Loss of Trustworthiness? Truth and Expertise Today

29 May 2018

European Academies publish Discussion Paper on Loss of Trust in Science and Expertise.

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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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International Delegates Report 2017

14 March 2018

Reports from our international delegates on their activities

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EASAC (2017) ‘Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?’ - Relevance to Ireland

27 February 2018

This report is significant to Ireland’s stated ambitions to become a competitive, low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050.

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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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Living Together: Missions for shaping the future

11 December 2017

An agenda for the next European Research and Innovation Framework Programme from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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The Text and Data Mining Exception and the Enhancement of Access to Scientific Information in Europe

15 November 2017

Statement prepared by the ALLEA Permanent Working Group Intellectual Property Rights

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Patentability of Inventions Involving Human “Embryonic” Pluripotent Stem Cells in Europe

17 October 2017

In this statement, taking account of recent rapid developments within the life sciences, ALLEA re-addresses the issue and renews its plea that the same moral standards which control research and development in the area...

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Homeopathic products and practices: assessing the evidence and ensuring consistency in regulating medical claims in the EU

20 September 2017

EASAC, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council, published this Statement to build on recent work by its member academies to reinforce criticism of the health and scientific claims made for homeopathic products...

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