27–28 April 2022
in Brussels and online

Science advice
under pressure

Science advice must deliver fast. But this challenge puts science for policy under pressure.

  • It must be clear and direct, even when the evidence is complex, incomplete, uncertain and controversial.
  • It must maintain the highest standards of independence, even while working closely with policymakers.
  • It must stay true to the values of science in a politically and socially complex world.

In other words, science advice must reconcile certainty with speed, clarity with caution, and neutrality with political acumen. Is any of this even possible?

This major public conference will bring together policymakers, science advisors, researchers and other professionals.

The European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism warmly invites everyone working at the science-policy interface to explore the key challenges of delivery science advice under pressure through a series of panel debates, interactive sessions and networking opportunities. We will reflect on the diverse experiences of many different actors in the field, debating the values that underpin science advice and sharing good practice.

This conference is co-organised by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission, and by SAPEA. SAPEA is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The content of the event reflects the opinions of the individuals and organisations involved, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

SAPEA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 737432.