Strengthen scientific policy advice

In analogy to the national context, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences practice policy advice at the international level by contributing scientific expertise to networks and processes, primarily in Europe, but also globally.

European Academies Science Advisory Council EASAC

EASAC, the association of the national science academies of the EU Member States, of Switzerland and Norway, advises the EU bodies in the focus areas Biosciences, Energy and Environment. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences support the work of EASAC by delegating scientific experts to Steering Panels and Working Groups to draft, in some cases in the lead, specific reports as well as to review draft reports.

Representation in EASAC Steering Panels

Contributions to EASAC reports and statements

The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe (2019)
Authors: Regula Gehrig (MeteoSwiss & Vice-President of the Commission for Phenology and Seasonality of the SCNAT), Martin Röösli (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute STPH)

Decarbonisation of transport: the role: options and challenges (2019)
Lead author: Konstantinos Boulouchos (ETH Zurich / Energy Commission of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences)
Authors: Gil Georges (ETH Zurich), Kirsten Oswald (ETH Zurich), Thomas Justus Schmidt (Paul Scherrer Institut / ETH Zurich)
Reviewers: Christian Bach (Empa), Stefan Hirschberg (Paul Scherrer Institut), Oliver Kröcher (Paul Scherrer Institut), Christopher Onder (ETH Zurich)

Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe (2018)
Authors: Marcel van der Heijden (Agroscope / Forum for Biodiversity of the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT), Johan Six (ETH Zurich)
Reviewers:  Franz Conen (University of Basel), Frank Hagedorn (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL), Rainer Schulin (ETH Zurich)

Negative emission technologies: what role in meeting Paris Agreement targets? (2018)
Authors: Marco Mazzotti (ETH Zurich) Eric P. Verrecchia (University of Lausanne)
Reviewers: Pascal Boivin (Graduate School of Landscape, Engineering and Architecture HEPIA, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland HES-SO), Elena Havlicek (Federal Office for the Environment FOEN)

Opportunities and challenges for research on food and nutrition security and agriculture in Europe (2017)
Reviewers: Beat Boller (Agroscope & Swiss Society of Agronomy SSA), Marlyne Sahakian (Universities of Lausanne & of Geneva), Marcel van der Heijden (Agroscope / Forum for Biodiversity of the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT)

Valuing dedicated storage in electricity grids (2017)
Author: Thomas Schmidt (Paul Scherrer Institute / ETH Zurich)
Reviewer: Andreas Ulbig (ETH Zurich)

Multi-functionality and sustainability in the European Union's forests (2017)
Author: Marcus Schaub (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL)
Reviewers: Kurt Bollmann (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL), Thibault Lachat (School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH)

Genome editing: scientific opportunities, public interests and policy options in the European Union (2017)
Author: Bruno Studer (ETH Zurich & Forum for Genetic Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT)
Reviewers: Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu (University of Zurich), Martin Jinek (University of Zurich), Samia Hurst (University of Geneva)

Circular economy: indicators and priorities for critical materials (2016)
Lead author: Gunter Stephan (University of Bern)
Reviewers: Xaver Edelmann (World Resources Forum), Helmut Weissert (ETH Zurich)

Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas (2016)
Reviewer: Patricia Holm (University of Basel), Fortunat Joos (University of Bern)

Circular economy: a commentary from the perspectives of the natural and social sciences (2015)
Lead author: Gunter Stephan (University of Bern)

Gain of function: experimental applications relating to potentially pandemic pathogens (2015)
Author: Ursula Jenal (Jenal & Partners Biosafety Consulting & Forum Genetic Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT)
Reviewer: Dominique Belin (University of Geneva)

Ecosystem services, agriculture and neonicotinoids (2015)
Lead author: Peter Neumann (University of Bern)
Reviewer: Edward Mitchell (University of Neuchâtel)

Shale gas extraction: issues of particular relevance to the European Union (2014)
Reviewer: Peter Burri, Swiss Association of Energy Geoscientists

European space exploration: strategic considerations of human versus robotic exploration (2014)
Lead author: Thierry Courvoisier (University of Geneva & President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences)
Reviewers: Nicolas Thoma, Rafael Rodrigo and Roger-Maurice Bonnet (University of Bern)

Carbon capture and storage in Europe (2013)
Authors: Marco Mazzotti and Stefan Wiemer (ETH Zurich)

Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies (2013)
Authors: Erich Fischer (ETH Zurich), Bruno Schädler (University of Bern)

Planting the future: opportunities and challenges for sustainable crop production (2013)
Author: Jörg Romeis (Agroscope ART)
Reviewers: Roland Hohmann (Federal Office for the Environment FOEN), Margreth Keiler (University of Bern), Boris Orlowsky (ETH Zurich)

The current status of biofuels in the European Union, their environmental impacts and future prospects (2012)
Reviewers: Irmi Seidl (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL), Rainer Zah (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Empa)

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing for health-related purposes in the European Union: the view from EASAC and FEAM (2012)
Reviewers: Sabina Gallati (University Hospital Bern), Karl Heinimann (University of Basel)

Impact of engineered nanomaterials on health: considerations for benefit-risk assessment (2011)
Lead authors: Ueli Aebi (University of Basel), Peter Gehr (University of Bern), Harald Krug (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials and Technology Empa), Denis Monard (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research FMI)

Drug-resistant tuberculosis: challenges, consequences and strategies for control (2009)
Author: Stewart Cole (EPF Lausanne)

Ecosystems services and biodiversity in Europe (2009)
Author: Andrea Rinaldo (EPF Lausanne)

Combating the threat of zoonotic infections (2008)
Author: Bruno Gottstein (University of Bern)

Migration and infectious diseases (2008)
Author: Bruno Gottstein (University of Bern)

EU Scientific Advice Mechanism

Through their membership in ALLEA (All European Academies) and EASAC, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are part of the project Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). Funded by Horizon 2020, this consortium allows European academies to deliver timely, independent and trans-disciplinary scientific evidence to EU policy making via the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The SAPEA consortium brings together more than 100 academies in over 40 European countries and across all scientific disciplines. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences bolster SAPEA/SAM by providing scientific expertise.

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