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1301, 2021

SAPEA: Do biodegradable plastics bring benefits?

In the evidence review report Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment conclude that biodegradable plastic has a role to play in reducing the accumulation of plastics in the environment. However, its role is limited to some specific applications. In other cases, including

209, 2020

Stop Perverse Climate Impact of Biomass, European Academies say

Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon- accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to

1307, 2020

IAP complementing the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

The global network of science academies InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) gives 21 recommendations recommendations regarding open science policies and practices. Dr Henrikki Tenkanen (University College London/Aalto University) were a member of the IAP open science group producing the report IAP input

207, 2020

Science academies combatting structural racism and discrimination

In June 2020, InterAcademy Partnership IAP published a Communiqué on structural racism and discrimination: "The events that have unfolded since the unjust and untimely death of George Floyd have served as a painful reminder of the problem of entrenched systemic

104, 2020

World academies call for global solidarity on COVID-19 pandemic

The current COVID-19 outbreak was first reported on 31 December 2019. On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic. Today, under the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), 140 medical, scientific and engineering academies from around the world call

2703, 2020

Dr Arto Miettinen appointed to the Academy Secretary position

Dr Arto Miettinen was appointed as the Academy Secretary of the Council of Finnish Academies (CoFA). He started in the position on 2 March, 2020. Dr Miettinen holds a PhD in geology and paleontology, and has an extensive research experience

1803, 2020

European Academies: Plastic Crisis Requires Fundamental System Change

The European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) warn that current efforts to resolve the plastics crisis are ineffective and misleading. Policymakers and industry must address conflicts in the whole system, from production to end-of-life. “Reducing the leakage of millions of

711, 2019

Academies warn against unregulated use of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The European Academies of Science and Medicine call for evidence-based diagnosis and therapy in response to the WHO inclusion of Traditional Chinese Medicine in its standard framework. “Just because the World Health Organisation includes a chapter on Traditional Chinese Medicine

1004, 2019

EASAC report: Decarbonisation of Transport

The EASAC report reviews options for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport. It argues for stronger policies to bridge the gap between the GHG emission reductions that will be delivered by current policies and the levels needed to

1502, 2019

US national academies offer tools for human rights in science

As part of the ongoing efforts by academies within the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network) to integrate human rights into their activities, the Committee on Human Rights of the US National Academies of Sciences,

2501, 2019

ALLEA provides recommendations for building trust in science

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, has published the discussion paper “Trust in Science and Changing Landscapes of Communication”. The paper examines how the increasing use of social media and other digital transformations affect and challenge

3010, 2018

Peter Lindfors awarded with the Eric and Sheila Samson Prize

Senior Vice President of Technology at Neste, Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors and his team have been awarded with the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. This is a globally highly recognized prize

1810, 2018

Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen nominated to EASAC Energy Steerin Panel

Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Dean of Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics has been nominated to EASAC Energy Steerin Panel. Pesonen's areas of expertise include corporate environmental strategies and marketing, material flow management, and environmental management systems. Lately most of

2709, 2018

Policy-makers cannot afford to ignore soil sustainability

Soils play a key role in climate regulation, nutritious diets, agricultural livelihoods, and biodiversity.But soils have dropped down the EU policy agenda, despite their importance for society and nature. There are many opportunities for policy to safeguard the future of

2409, 2018

Krista Varantola elected as ALLEA Vice President

The ALLEA Board elected Professor Hubert Bocken (Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts), Professor Graham Caie (Royal Society of Edinburgh) and Professor Krista Varantola (Council of Finnish Academies) as the new Vice Presidents of the European

911, 2017

Human Rights and the Arctic

On 29th of September a group of researchers, activists and interested audience gathered to the House of Estates in Helsinki, Finland. Their agenda was to discuss and hear from the specialists about human rights and the Arctic. At first these

2804, 2017

ALLEA encourages nominating colleagues for the Breakthrough Prize

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and the Breakthrough have announced a partnership to further the shared goal of promoting a culture where science and scholarship can thrive. ALLEA encourages everyone in the scientific realm to consider nominating colleagues for

512, 2016

EASAC on Circular Economy: Indicators and Priorities for Critical Materials

European Academies Science Advice Council (EASAC) has released two new reports on circular economy: "Priorities for critical materials for a circular economy" and "Indicators for a circular economy". Drawing on independent scientific analysis from the National Science Academies of EU Member States

1410, 2016

Messages from the Council of Finnish Academy’s Jubilee Seminar

The Council of Finnish Academies celebrated the 40 years of collaboration between science academies in Finland by organising an open seminar October 5th 2016 at the House of the Estates in Helsinki. The seminar highlighted the opportunities and success stories

2601, 2016

EASAC/JRC Joint Report on Marine Sustainability

EASAC and JRC (Joint Research Centre) published a joint report "Marine Sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas" on January 25th, 2016. Though the European Union has already agreed on an Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and Marine Strategy

1011, 2015

Nobel event by Finnish academies of science

On 29 October 2015, the Finnish science academies organized an event popularizing the scientific Nobel prizes of the year. The event was the first of its kind in Finland and was organized with the Council of Finnish Academies (the cooperative

709, 2015

EASAC establishes Senior Advisory Group

The Senior Advisory Group (SAG) of EASAC, the association of the National Science Academies of the EU member states, Norway and Switzerland, met in Strasbourg on 30-31 August 2015 with EASAC's Bureau. There was vigorous discussion on a wide range

1108, 2015

Commissioner Moedas in Helsinki on August 31st 2015

Citizens’ Dialogue Event: Open Science – Open Data – Open Innovations on August 31, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at the University of Helsinki main building, Great Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 5 in Helsinki Citizens Dialogue is an open event. Please register online by August 27,

3006, 2015

Sanna Sorvari nominated to the WDS Scientific Committee

Research Director Sanna Sorvari, from the Finnish Meteorological Institute, has been appointed to the WDS (World Data System) Scientific Committee for the term 2015-2018. Dr. Sorvari was nominated for the committee by the Council of Finnish Academies. The new Chair

2605, 2015

Research Excellence at the Science Academies of Europe

Extensive study of science academy research and the potential for collaboration The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and the federation of All European Academies (ALLEA) have released a survey and analysis of basic humanities and social

2704, 2015

Publication: Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe

On 27 April 2015 the essay collection Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Europe (eds. James Wilsdon and Robert Doubleday) was presented in Brussels. The joint publication was a project by: University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy; Science Policy Research

2304, 2015

Future Earth Townhall Meeting, 26 May 2015

Participatory workshop to map out key priorities in global change research 26 May 2015, Eurooppasali (Malminkatu 16, Helsinki), 8:30-13:00 Registration by 20 May 2015. Challenge Achieving sustainability in a world subject to global change requires understanding the links among environmental and societal change. Challenges

3103, 2015

Seminar: Energy dialogue in EU – Science advising policy-makers

The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, in cooperation with EASAC (European Academies' Science Advisory Council) is organizing a high-level seminar titled 'Energy dialogue in EU - Science advising policy-makers'. Time: 4 May 2015 5.00-7.00 pm Place: House of Science and Letters

2703, 2015

European Academy Organisations Sign Memorandum of Understanding

On 26 March 2015, the Presidents of five European academy organisations met in Berlin to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen inter-academy cooperation in Europe. The Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, who attended the meeting,

903, 2015

Science Diplomacy for the common good

On March 3rd, the Council of Finnish Academies organized a seminar on Science Diplomacy and the Arctic. The purpose of the seminar was to introduce the concept of 'science diplomacy' to Finnish academic and foreign policy discourse. The speakers of

903, 2015

Science Diplomacy: selected literature

Science diplomacy can be defined as the use of international science-policy collaborations to address common challenges. As such, it is a tool to build bridges between nations and to achieve shared benefits. Many of today’s global challenges — water, energy, food,

603, 2015

Statement: A call for action to strengthen healthcare for hearing loss

The Council of Finniah Academies has  together with 39 other science academies and councils signed a statement by IAMP (Interacademy Medical Panel) as a call for action to strengthen healthcare for hearing loss. Hearing loss is a major health issue that continues to receive

103, 2015

Seminar: Science Diplomacy and the Arctic, March 3rd 2015

House of Science and Letters, March 3rd 2015 1PM - 5PM You are most welcome to the seminar Science Diplomacy and the Arctic, organized by the Council of Finnish Academies. The venue for the seminar is the House of Science and