New European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism Meets

Today the High Level Group of the newly constituted Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Union held its first meeting.  The seven members of the group met with Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and Andrus Ansip, the Commission’s Vice-President with responsibility for the Digital Single Market (a Commission initiative focused on making a Europe-wide digital market and improving support and infrastructure for digital networks and services).

The High Level Group selected officers and determined subjects for its first advice to the Commission.  The chair is Professor Henrik C. Wegener, Executive Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer of the Technical University of Denmark.  Professor Elvira Fortunato, Professor of Materials Science, New University of Lisbon, was selected as deputy chair of SAM.  At the request of Commissioner Moedas and Vice-President Ansip, the Group will focus on cybersecurity (linked to the Digital Single Market) and vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide.

Minutes and background documents are supposed to be made available on the SAM website, so check that link in a week or so.  They may provide information on when the advice on those topics is expected and when the next meeting of the High Level Group will take place.


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