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International Policy Reports

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.

EASAC and FEAM Download

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.

ALLEA, HERA, ELI, ESA, EuroScience, GYA, Net4Society, NORFACE, YAE Download

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

05 December 2017

EASAC report examining how global and national food systems present increasing challenges for science communities in tackling issuesfor health, nutrition, agriculture, ecology and human behaviour, and for encompassing...

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Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids

09 August 2017

This EASAC report provides independent advice for policy makers on the use of dedicated electricity storage in electricity grids.

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ALLEA- Developing a Vision for Framework Programme 9

13 July 2017

Exploring possibilities and potential outcomes for Framework Programme 9

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Genome Editing: Scientific Opportunities, Public Interests and Policy Options in the European Union

23 March 2017

EASAC report on genome editing advises European policy-makers on how to approach groundbreaking research on plants, animals, microbes and humans.

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Circular Economy Indicators

30 November 2016

EASAC Download

International Delegates Report 2016

14 March 2017

Reports from our international delegates on their activities.

Royal Irish Academy Download

New breeding techniques

01 July 2015

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