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Policy Reports

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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Response to the Public Consultation on the update of the Higher Education Authority Act 1971

16 March 2018

Response to the consultation by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in respect of the proposed update of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971.

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International Delegates Report 2017

14 March 2018

Reports from our international delegates on their activities

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‘Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe’ – relevance to Ireland

14 March 2018

A briefing paper on the EASAC Report - ‘Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe’

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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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Briefing on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20

26 January 2018

Submission prepared by the Royal Irish Academy North South Standing Committee in response to a briefing document concerning the budgetary outlook for Northern Ireland.

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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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Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context

19 October 2017

This paper highlights some key aspects of the history of the Irish border over the past century to inform current discussions in relation to the United Kingdom’s (UK) planned departure from the European Union (EU) in...

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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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Brexit and the Irish Border: Legal and Political Questions

19 October 2017

Brexit presents a number of challenges in relation to the Irish Border. There are legal and political dimensions to these and, in particular, a series of constitutional questions concerning Northern Ireland.

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The Common Travel Area: More Than Just Travel

19 October 2017

The Common Travel Area (the CTA) is one of the key issues in the current Brexit talks. In principle, it now allows free movement for British and Irish citizens (only) between the two states.

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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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Research and Higher Education on the Island of Ireland after Brexit

21 November 2017

Report by the Royal irish Academy Brexit Taskforce Republic of Ireland Working Group outling strategic actions which must be taken to ensure that research and higher education in Ireland are not negatively impacted by...

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Higher Education and Research in Northern Ireland Post-Brexit

30 November 2017

The Royal Irish Academy Brexit Taskforce Northern Ireland Report on the potential impact of Brexit on higher education and research.

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RIA Brexit Factsheet- Ireland-UK Higher-Education and Research Connections

05 October 2017

The RIA Brexit Taskforce has compiled key data and facts in relation to the likely impact of Brexit on the higher education and research sector in Ireland

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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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