Evidence-based Union? A new alliance for science advice in Europe

A new network is being launched today, to strengthen science advice and evidence-based policymaking across EuropeAnne Glover

Anne Glover, chief scientific adviser to the president of the European Commission, speaking recently at an EU technology summit. Photograph: OB-Pic 043/Flickr


David Cameron’s increasingly forlorn efforts to block Jean-Claude Junckercontinue to generate the heat in European politics, but today sees the launch of a welcome effort to bring light to the sometimes murky recesses of EU policymaking. This afternoon, at the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen, a new pan-EU network of government science advisers will hold its first meeting. Senior scientific representatives from twelve member states, including the UK’s Sir Mark Walport, will discuss how to strengthen the use of evidence in EU policymaking and improve coordination between national systems, particularly during emergencies,such as when clouds of volcanic ash from Iceland grounded flights across Europe in 2011.

The network has been established by Anne Glover, chief scientific adviser to the outgoing President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. Speaking last night at the Euroscience opening ceremony, Barroso paid tribute to Anne Glover’s dedication, and announced that he has asked her to produce a report on science and technology foresight across Europe, for publication in October…

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