The European Academies Advisory Council Forms An Advisory Group

In what might prompt some readers to think of nesting dolls, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) recently announced the formation of a Senior Advisory Group.  While this might understandably be seen as redundant, the intention if to provide an outside perspective on what EASAC is doing and how that work is being received and used, particularly by the European Commission.  EASAC is focused on coordinating the activities of the member academies in order to provide science advice to European policy makers.

There are four members of the SAG: Anne Glover, former Chief Science Adviser to the Commission (and for Scotland before that); Jules Hoffman, a Nobel laureate and biologist; Joaquin Almunia, former European commissioner for competition; and Wilhelm Krull, director general of the Volkswagen Foundation (he has previously worked in senior positions at the German Science Council and the Max Planck Society).


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