Annex 5#

SAPEA: Science Advice for Policy by European Academies#

Spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences, SAPEA brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise of Fellows from over 100 Academies, Young Academies and Learned Societies in over 40 countries across Europe.

SAPEA is part of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which provides independent, interdisciplinary and evidence-based scientific advice on policy issues to the European Commission, working closely with the SAM High Level Group of Scientific Advisors.

The project is funded through a grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

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Countries with SAPEA Member Academies


Academies’ independence, academic expertise and convening power make them a critical source of evidence for policymakers and the wider public, providing an unbiased, balanced and transparent perspective. Academies within SAPEA are members of one or more of the European Academy Networks: Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-CASE and FEAM.

SAPEA will provide a means for closer collaboration between Academies, combining Fellows’ expertise in engineering, human, medical, natural, social and technical sciences in a unique way. All Member Academies across Europe are part of SAPEA and are encouraged to participate actively. Opportunities for involvement include:

  • suggesting scientific topics
  • communicating their latest major scientific outputs to SAPEA
  • nominating Fellows to the SAPEA Working Groups, or other events requiring the advice of an expert (e.g. experts’ workshops or stakeholder meetings) Fellows’ travel costs will be reimbursed
  • hosting Working Group meetings - direct costs can be covered
  • acting as “Lead Academies” for a selected scientific topic
  • hosting outreach events - event support can be provided
  • raising the visibility of Academy work at a European Level by sharing news of activities with the SAPEA Communications Office for the project website




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