Making the transition to sustainable food

A major SAPEA study into the future of food in Europe is set to be published next month at the request of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

 

The latest SAPEA Evidence Review Report, “A sustainable food system for Europe”, analyses the best available evidence to determine how the EU can best transition to a new food system. The report reflects nine months’ work by a group of international experts, and is underpinned by a detailed systematic review of the existing literature.

SAPEA’s report will focus in particular on evidence from the social sciences, adopting a broad interdisciplinary approach to tackle complex questions of the possible environmental, health and socioeconomic benefits – and how to transform our food system to make those benefits possible.

The report directly informs, and will be published simultaneously with, the Scientific Opinion on the same topic, written by the European Commisison’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

Fish to Mars, science opera at SDG Bergen 2020

February 5, 2020. 18:00-19:00. Teglverket, The Academic Quarter (Kvarteret), Olav Kyrres gate 49.

Fish to Mars is a unique collaboration, where true science meets true Norwegian metal with the goal of making an entire opera.

Metal music and marine research are inserted into the original story by author Peter Watts, the sci-fi writer known for keeping the underlying research correct.

This performance is part of Day Zero of the SDG conference and is open to all.

Our common future ocean in a changing climate

February 5, 2020. 13:00-14:30. Egget (The Egg), Studentsenteret, Parkveien 1, Bergen, Norway.

Oceans cover 70% of the Earths’ surface, produce over 50% of the world’s oxygen, regulate our weather and climate patterns, and provides energy, food, medicine, and recreation. However, this invaluable shared resource is under threat due to human-induced ocean warming and acidification, expansion of oceanic dead zones, and unsustainable fishing. Safeguarding our common ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency.

Arctic Frontiers Science Poster – Knowledge-based development in the Arctic

January 28, 2020. 16:00. Arbeidskontoret room, Clarion Hotel the Edge, Tromsö, Norway

The AE Bergen Knowledge Hub, an associated partner of Artic Frontiers, is organizing a Poster presentation at the Arctic Frontiers Science Poster – Knowledge-based development in the Arctic:
Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty – MASOS

Science advice for policy: who asks, who gives, and who listens?

January 27, 2020. 18:15 – 19:15. Clarion Hotel the Edge, Tromsö, Norway.

Starting from 2020, Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub is an associated partner of Arctic Frontiers.

In this event we will bring together a panel with experience from science advice, policy making and NGOs. Are there sufficient mechanisms available in Norway and other countries to ensure that political decisions are based on the best available and independent scientific knowledge? What are the specific needs in an Arctic context? The panel will debate challenges and knowledge gaps relevant to the radical changes needed in order to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what systems need to be in place for policy to be anchored in scientific evidence and scientific thinking.

Joint ERC/REA Seminar on Science Diplomacy

January 16-18, 2020. Covent Garden, 25th floor auditorium, London, also streamed online.

The seminar will bring together researchers supported by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Research Executive Agency (REA). The event will provide a forum for exchange between EC-funded researchers, interested stakeholders and EU staff on the role of science in and for diplomacy.

Also follow the 20 min YouTube live prior to the seminar on Thursday 16/1/2020 at 10 AM

Science Diplomacy and Climate Change: A conversation with Eystein Jansen and Halvard Buhaug

 

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Cardiff’s Norwegian Church

The Norwegian Church, located in Cardiff Bay, celebrated it’s 150th Anniversary on Sunday 15th December. AE Cardiff supported this special commemorative event.

The Programme

The programme included:

  • a church service with a reprisal of the first sermon given at the Norwegian Church 150 years ago
  • a series of talks supported by the University of Bergen, Cardiff University, Hordaland Council and the Welsh Norwegian Society including the Roald Dahl story and the ancient links between languages
  • a concert with performances from visiting Norwegian musicians Eir Inderhaug, Stian Okland and Marina Kan Selvik
  • Foods inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes.
  • Read more at the Academia Europaea Cardiff pages

Making sense of science – 04.11.2019

The global challenges, like climate change, loss of biodiversity and migration, are very complex. At the same time, the research areas are characterised by uncertainty and conflicts. How does politicians find the best available knowledge? How do we create good road maps for science for policy?

The science academies of the EU has recently published the report Making Sense of Science, on how scientific knowledge can be a good fundament for policies in times of complexitity and uncertainty.

What characterises effective research based policy making in the EU? Can the experiences from EU be used in Norwegian conditions?

Se the presentations and discussions here:

 

Hvordan får vi den beste og mest treffsikre politikken?

Mange gjør det annerledes enn Norge. Hvorfor?

Eystein Jansen er akademisk direktør for Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub.

Eystein Jansen er akademisk direktør for Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub.

Av Eystein Jansen, akademisk direktør for Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub.

Vi lever i en tid med mye usikkerhet. Det er vanskelig å skille fakta fra feilinformasjon, og internett gjør at det er vanskelig å skille mellom forskjellige oppfatninger som kan bruke forskning som argument for ulike politikkalternativ.

Særlig er dette merkbart i miljø- og klimapolitikken, i helsepolitikken, mat-og landbrukspolitikken og i spørsmål knyttet til bioteknologi. Spørsmålet blir da om vi har et system som greier å sortere fakta fra skeivinformasjon og om politikerne har et system rundt seg der de får mest mulig uavhengig informasjon før beslutninger tas.

Ofte hører vi at beslutninger er tatt på bakgrunn av faglige råd, men hvor uavhengig er disse? I Norge har departementene sine faginstanser, ofte forvaltningsinstitutt og lignende som brukes aktivt. I mange andre land har man kommet til at dette ikke gir tilstrekkelig uavhengighet i komplekse spørsmål, og bruker vitenskapsakademiene for å sikre uavhengige prosesser for å frembringe faktagrunnlag for politikkutviklingen.

EU har opprettet SAM (Scientific Advice Mechanism) for dette forholdet, og har en gruppe uavhengige vitenskapelige rådgivere som gir faglige innspill til politikk. Rådgiverne kan på eget initiativ eller på oppdrag fra EU-kommisjonen be vitenskapsakademiene i Europe om å utvikle et faktagrunnlag på et felt som er uklart og som trenger politikk.

SAPEA MASOS frontpage

SAPEAs nyligste rapport, “Making sense of science”, om tilgangen på forskningsbasert politikkrådgivning.

Dette skjer i prosjektet SAPEA, der de europeiske akademiene er medlemmer. Disse, som består av fremragende forskere, er helt uavhengige av myndighetene, og faren for bindinger bli mindre.

Systemet har fått frem faggrunnlag for politikk på en rekke områder. Slik får man et uavhengig faglig grunnlag, som de vitenskapelige rådgiverne kan bruke inn mot politikkutformingen. Systemet ser ut til å virke!

Burde ikke Norge etablere noe tilsvarende? I Finland har man nå utviklet en lignende ordning, med gode resultat. Politikken blir bedre, og den får større legitimitet med et slikt system. Hva holder oss tilbake?

På møtet “Forskningsbasert politikk?” (Facebook) på Litteraturhuset i Oslo den 4. november får vi høre fra europeiske eksperter om hvordan politikkutforming kan bli mest mulig i tråd med faglig kunnskap og være vitenskapsbasert, og vi får høre om hvordan norske akademikere og politikere tenker om den norske situasjonen og annerledesheten her i landet.

 

 

“Making Sense of Science”, SAPEA event in Oslo

November 4, 2019, 11.30–16.00. The House of Literature, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo.

Evidence-informed policy: a Norwegian perspective

A seminar hosted by Academia Europaea Bergen Hub assesses the findings of the SAPEA report ‘Making sense of science for policy’ and reflects on what insights might be applied to science advice in Norway


The Academia Europaea Bergen Hub has hosted a successful seminar in Oslo, in collaboration with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.  The seminar, held on 4th November at the House of Literature, assessed the findings of the recent SAPEA report, Making sense of science for policy and reflected on what insights might be applied to the science advice process in Norway.

Prof Eystein Jansen, Director of the AE Bergen Hub, welcomes all to the seminar
Prof Eystein Jansen, Director of the AE Bergen Hub, welcomes all to the seminar

The seminar was designed around two linked sessions, one focused on the European dimension of evidence-informed policy and the second examining Norwegian policymaking.

Professor Eystein Jansen, Director of the Bergen Hub, welcomed everyone to the seminar and emphasised the timeliness of the topic under discussion. Professor Ole Petersen, Director of the Cardiff Hub (which coordinated the SAPEA report) gave an introduction to the European Science Advice Mechanism and the role played by academies within it.

Session 1: ‘Making sense of science for policy’ Evidence Review Report

Professor Jeroen van der Sluijs (Bergen), a member of the SAPEA Working Group, presented the key findings of the SAPEA report, with a thought-provoking response provided by Professor Silvio Funtowicz (Bergen) and a lively debate with the audience, with skilful moderation by Professor Matthias Kaiser (Bergen).
Please see the article published in Forskningspolitikk: https://www.fpol.no/gviken/ 
Themes that came up included:

  • The issue of bias and the underrepresentation of certain social groups within science
  • The role of the humanities in evidence-informed policymaking
  • The potential for including different types of knowledge and extended peer communities in science advice

An interesting case study came from Finland, which is trialling a new approach to science advice, drawing on insights from the European Commission’s Science Advice Mechanism.  Professor Risto Nieminen, President of the Finnish Academy, spoke of the contribution that could be made by academies to the design and operation of such a system.

Professors Ole Petersen, Jeroen van der Sluijs, Risto Nieminen and Silvio Funtowicz during the panel discussion in session 1
Professors Ole Petersen, Jeroen van der Sluijs, Risto Nieminen and Silvio Funtowicz during the panel discussion in session 1


Session 2: Science advice in Norway

The second half of the seminar put science advice in Norway under the spotlight.  Professor Oystein Hov (Norwegian Academy) gave several examples of success and failure of science advice in Norway.  Kyrre Lekve (Simula) spoke of two contrasting relationships experienced by science advisers, one with civil servants, the other with politicians.

The closing discussion between the panel and the audience, also moderated by Matthias Kaiser, gave rise to further reflections on science advice in Norway.  They included:

Look out for a full report on the seminar, to be published in the coming weeks.

Prof Oystein Hov, Prof Torbjørn Digernes, Kyrre Lekve and Prof Matthias Kaiser during the panel discussion in session 2
Prof Oystein Hov, Prof Torbjørn Digernes, Kyrre Lekve and Prof Matthias Kaiser during the panel discussion in session 211th November 2019. For further information please contact Louise Edwards, Knowledge Hub Manager EdwardsL31@cardiff.ac.uk