Reinhard F. Hüttl has been chairman of Euro-CASE, the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering, since 2013. During his previous term of office, Euro-CASE has consolidated its position in providing evidence-based policy advice at European level and has established a structured dialogue with the European Commission. On taking up his office, this was one of Reinhard F. Hüttl’s major goals. This course was confirmed by the 22 Euro-CASE member academies with the re-election.
The new collaboration with the European sister organisations Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC and FEAM enables the academies to integrate all scientific disciplines in the process of providing evidence-based policy advice. Together, the five networks founded the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) Consortium, uniting over 100 member academies with hundreds of Fellows each. SAPEA will be funded in the context of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 with € 6 Million over the next four years and will collaborate with the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors within the European Commission’s new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). “We scientists can only formulate our advice on handling global challenges in an interdisciplinary manner. I am delighted that the academy Fellows of the sister organisations will work together in the SAPEA project over the next four years”, said Reinhard F. Hüttl at the conference in Lyngby.
Within SAPEA, Euro-CASE will represent the technical sciences and will draw attention to the numerous connections between societal challenges and technological developments. To this end, the internal structures of the umbrella organisation must be further strengthened to meet the increased expectations the European Networks are facing in the context of the call to provide evidence-based policy advice at European level. In particular, Euro-CASE aims to strengthen its Platforms on Innovation, Energy, Bioeconomy and Engineering Education. “These are the main tasks for the next presidency”, said Reinhard F. Hüttl.
Henrik Wegener, Chair of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (HLG), also welcomed the collaboration and presented the tasks of the High Level Group. Already in January, he was elected to the board of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).
The topic of the Euro-CASE Annual Conference was “Big Data – Smarter Products, Better Societies“. In total, around 160 guests attended the event organised by the Danish Technical University (DTU) and followed the contributions of Sierd Cloetingh, President of Academia Europaea, and Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute and Technology (EIT).
In the newly elected Euro-CASE Executive Committee, Reinhard F. Hüttl will be supported by Yves Caristan (France) as Secretary General and Rick Parker (Great Britain) as treasurer during the next three-year period. Other members are Elzbieta Frackowiak (Poland), Olavi Nevanlinna (Finland) and Petar Petrovic (Serbia).
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