SAPEA - Science Advice for Policy by European Academies#


Spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences, SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise of Fellows from over 100 Academies, Young Academies and Learned Societies in over 40 countries across Europe.

Working closely with the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (HLG), SAPEA provides timely, independent and evidence-based scientific expertise for the highest policy level in Europe and for the wider public.

SAPEA is part of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which provides independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision making. Academia Europaea and SAM.

The project is funded through a grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme running from November 2016-October 2020.

The coordination of Academia Europaea's involvement in the SAPEA project is managed by the Cardiff Knowledge Hub.

Call for nomination of experts: 'Solar Radiation Modification'#

As part of the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium, we are pleased to issue a call for the nomination of experts to take part in a new SAPEA evidence review on ‘Solar Radiation Modification’. The deadline for nominations is 20th October 2023.

What will the Working Group do? #

SAPEA will draft an Evidence Review Report on Solar Radiation Modification, covering all relevant fields. This Report will then inform a Scientific Opinion of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. The main questions to be examined are:

How to address the risks and opportunities associated with research on Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) and with its potential deployment? What are the options for a governance system for research and potential deployment taking into account different SRM technologies and their scale?

The scoping questions should be addressed by reviewing scientific evidence, including from the social sciences and humanities, and considering the complexity of all aspects of the issue. The scientific advice will contribute to the definition of an EU position in international discussions on SRM governance and for the planning of EU research programmes, as well as decisions on the implementation of EU financing instruments.

The Scoping Paper, which contains the details of the request, can be found here.

Who can be nominated?#

You can nominate experts who may or may not be Members of Academia Europaea (MAE). The scoping question should be addressed by reviewing scientific evidence, including from the social sciences and humanities. An indicative list of expertise sought is given in the Call for Nominations document.

How to make a nomination#

For further details, please read the Call for Nominations document, which includes important information about areas of expertise, criteria for selection, and expected workload and timelines.

Nominations should be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, together with a short statement on how the nominee’s experience meets the areas of expertise identified in the Call for Nominations document.

Please send nominations or any queries you may have to AE Cardiff Hub member Rafael Carrascosa Marzo ( before the deadline of 20th October 2023.


  • Science Advice – What works in a Crisis? In this webinar, chief science advisors, experts and staff of the European Commission reflect on how effectively Europe is rising to the challenge of Covid-19 and what lessons can be learned for the future. September 16, 2020.
  • Sustainability Plan published. The plan outlines SAPEA’s achievements since the consortium‘s inception in 2016, as well as establishing objectives for the future, highlighting four strategic priorities. June 2020.

The SAPEA project is part of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 737432.
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