From One CSA To A Committee Of Seven: EU Science Advice

Back in May the European Commission announced it would set up a Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) under the current President.  This was to replace, at least in part, the functions of the chief scientific adviser under the previous administration.  One component of the SAM is the High Level Group of Scientific Advisers, a committee of seven prominent scientists that will provide independent advice to the Commission.

On November 10 the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, named the seven members of the high level group.  They are:

  • Janusz M. Bujnicki
    Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw
  • Pearl Dykstra
    Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
  • Elvira Fortunato
    Professor, Materials Science Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology, NOVA University, Lisbon
  • Rolf-Dieter Heuer
    Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Julia Slingo
    Chief Scientist, Met Office, Exeter
  • Cédric Villani
    Director, Henri Poincaré Institute, Paris
  • Henrik C. Wegener
    Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Technical University of Denmark

The group is expected to hold its first meeting in January.  Between now and then (and probably for some time after) the group and its staff will be developing processes and guidelines for its work and the plethora of questions about how it will provide independent scientific advice to the Commission.  Given the way in which the Commission decided to create this body, a lot of people will be watching.

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