Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe
Edited by James Wilsdon and Robert Doubleday
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This is one of two collections on scientific advice which the Centre for Science and Policy have published. Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe, published in April 2015 and updated in June 2015 to take account of developments in the European Commission, focuses on scientific advice in EUrope. Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall, published in April 2013, focuses on the same topic in the United Kingdom following the appointment of Sir Mark Walport to Government Chief Scientific Adviser. A free digital copy of and more information on Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall can be found here.
Across Europe, scientific evidence and advice is in great demand, to inform policies and decision making on issues such as climate change, new technologies and environmental regulation. But the diversity of political cultures and attitudes to expertise in different European countries can make the task of designing EU-wide advisory institutions and processes both sensitive and complex.
In January 2015, President Juncker asked Commissioner Moedas to report on options for improving scientific advice within the European Commission. In May, the new Scientific Advice Mechanism was announced. At a time when these issues are higher than usual on the political agenda, it is important that the case for scientific advice and evidence-informed policy is articulated and analysed afresh.
To support these efforts, this collection brings together agenda-setting essays by policymakers, practitioners, scientists and scholars from across Europe. Authors include Anne Glover, Ulrike Felt, Robert Madelin, Andy Stirling, Vladimír Šucha and Jos van der Meer. Their contributions outline various challenges but also constructive ways forward for scientific advice in Europe.
Future directions for scientific advice in Europe
James Wilsdon, Robert Doubleday and James Hynard
(The introduction was updated in June 2015 to take account of developments in the European Commission)
EVIDENCE AND INSTITUTIONS
Science as the fuel of the public policy machine
Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG-Connect
Evidence and policy in the European Commission: towards a radical transformation
Anne Glover and Jan Marco Müller
The in-house science service: the evolving role of the Joint Research Centre
Vladimír Šucha, David Wilkinson, David Mair, Martin Ahbe & Stephen Davies
Scientific foresight at the European Parliament
SOME ADVICE ON ADVISERS
A moment of magic realism in the European Commission
Why it made sense to scrap the post of Chief Scientific Adviser
Lessons from Finland
EASAC and the role of Europe’s national academies of science
Jos van der Meer, Christiane Diehl, Robin Fears, William Gillett and Sofie Vanthournout
ECOSYSTEMS OF EXPERTISE
The role of foundations at the science-policy interface
Wolfgang Rohe and Jeannine Hausmann
Experts as cartographers of policy pathways for Europe
Martin Kowarsch and Ottmar Edenhofer
Social science expertise in European innovation policy
Power, truth and progress: towards knowledge democracies in Europe
THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE
Behavioural governance in Europe
Holger Strassheim and Rebecca-Lea Korinek
Innovation: managing risk, not avoiding it
Claire Craig and Mike Edbury
Biomedicine and the life sciences: core issues for science-based policy advice
Jörg Hacker, Stefan Artmann and Sandra Kumm
This project is a collaborative initiative of four partners; University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy; Science Policy Research Unity (SPRU) at the University of Sussex; the European Commission; and Stiftung Mercator. It is also a linked activity of the new International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). The collection was launched at high-level summit on scientific advice in Brussels on 27 April.