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Euro-CASE Annual Report

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Euro-CASE:
A hub of collective intelligence

The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering is an independent non-profit organization of national academies of
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Euro-CASE acts as a permanent forum for exchange and consultation between European institutions, industry and research.

Through its aliated academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertise (about 6 000 of Europe’s most eminent engineers and technologists), and provides impartial, independent and balanced advice on technological issues with a clear European dimension to European institutions, national Governments, companies and organizations.

Since March 2015, Euro-CASE became a member of a European Consortium bringing together five sister networks: AE (Academia Europaea), ALLEA (All European Academies), EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council), Euro-CASE and FEAM (Federation of European Academies of Medicine). This Consortium represents about 100 Academies in Europe, which together elect roughly 10 000 Fellows in all disciplines, ranging from social sciences and humanities, across fundamental sciences and technology, to medical sciences.
 

VISION 2020

"Euro-CASE will be the voice of European excellence in Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology for the world."

The full text of Vision 2020 can be found on the Euro-CASE website
Full text of Vision 2020

  

Message from the Chairman

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Last year, Euro-CASE called for a new phase in independent science- and technology-based policy advice to the European Institutions. Our record of new policy activities this year underlines our strong commitment to partnership with the EU.

The Euro-CASE Innovation Platform concluded its first phase after a productive 2.5 year working period. The recommendations developed by the Platform members on important topics such as innovation financing, public procurement and advanced manufacturing were published in a summary policy paper entitled “European Innovation Policy”. I am pleased that a new Innovation Platform will be launched already in 2015.

The Euro-CASE Energy Platform began its activities in October 2013 and successfully completed its first project on the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The paper “Reform Options for the European Emissions Trading System” was presented to Jos Delbeke, Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission, and to Ivo Belet, MEP and rapporteur for the EU ETS. The Energy Platform will continue its work in 2015. The 2014 Annual Conference in Brussels, organised jointly by the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts (ARB), Belgium, the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Germany, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Sweden, offered an excellent forum to present and discuss the results of both the Innovation and Energy Platforms. The two-day event brought together representatives of the European Institutions, members of the Academies across Europe and various stakeholders from research organisations and industry. I was particularly pleased with the participation of the Presidents of our sister organisations Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, and Jos van der Meer, President of EASAC. Their active participation underlined our joint commitment to collaborate more closely at the EU level. The Conference also marked the continuation of the cooperative dialogue between the European Commission and Euro-CASE. This gives us the opportunity to discuss and implement novel approaches of dialogue formats between science, business and politics in order to feed the newest and most relevant scientific findings into the on-going political debate.

I am also very content that the cooperation agreement with the Joint Research Centre signed in 2012 continues to be productive. At the beginning of 2015, we are jointly organising a high-level Round Table on Digital Privacy – a subject that has lost none of its relevance; it is of increasing importance every day. In autumn 2014, the EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium was held in Seattle, in partnership between the US National Academy of Engineering and Euro-CASE. It offers outstanding young engineers from the EU and the US the opportunity to exchange views on cutting-edge developments and interact across disciplines. The next cycle will be organised in 2016-2017 and I am thankful that the Technology Academy Finland will sponsor this event on behalf of Euro-CASE.

Finally, I am delighted to welcome to the Euro-CASE family a new member, the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia, and am looking forward to new initiatives and benefits that the two sides will draw from this membership.

Euro-CASE has expanded its activities over the last years, in line with our strategy, and I sincerely thank all the contributing Fellows and the supportive staff of our member Academies that make the work of Euro-CASE possible and fruitful.

In this spirit, I wish us all much success for the future.

Reinhard Hüttl