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European Academies Re-Elect Antonio Loprieno as ALLEA President

ALLEA Member Academies unanimously re-elected Professor Antonio Loprieno as President for the term 2021–2023. Board Members Professor Annette Grüters-Kieslich and Professor Luke Drury were appointed as ALLEA Vice-Presidents. The election and appointments were part of the 2021 General Assembly.

Scientific Symposium Discusses Collaboration ‘Across Boundaries in Sciences’

ALLEA and the Council of Finnish Academies hosted an international scientific symposium online on 5 May 2021. The event gathered leading academics, policymakers, and civil society to rethink the role of science in society in response to complex problems and urgent threats like science disinformation.

European Coordination Needed to Fight Science Disinformation, Academies Say

While disinformation strategies are intoxicating public discourses in many fields, science disinformation is particularly dangerous to democratic governance and society at large. In a new report, ALLEA examines the potential of technical and policy measures to tackle science disinformation and calls for improved European exchange and coordination in this field.

Sharing Matters: Why International Data Transfer is Crucial For Health Research

Dr. Robin Fears, one of the lead authors of report “International sharing of personal health data for research”, answers questions about the importance of science advice, the key messages of the joint report, and its implications for international medical research and European citizens.

How to Integrate Ethics into the Design of Disruptive Technologies

TechEthos is an EU-funded project that seeks to create ethics guidelines to deal with new and emerging technologies with a high socio-economic impact. Eva Buchinger (Austrian Institute of Technology, AIT) is the lead coordinator of the project. In this interview, she presents the key concepts and milestones to be tackled by TechEthos, which started in January 2021 and will run until the end of 2023. 

Registration Open for Symposium ‘Across Boundaries in Sciences’

On the occasion of the 2021 ALLEA General Assembly, ALLEA and the Council of Finnish Academies are organising the scientific symposium ‘Across Boundaries in Sciences’ on 5 May. The online event is open to all upon registration and will consist of a full-day of thought-provoking discussions on today's science boundaries with leading academics, policymakers, and civil society.
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European Academy Networks Call for Urgent Solution to Health Data Transfer Barriers

In the report “International sharing of personal health data for research”, ALLEA, EASAC, and FEAM call on EU policymakers and legislators for a commitment to overcome the barriers in sharing pseudonymised health data with researchers outside the EU/EEA.

New Project to Explore Climate Sustainability in the Academic System

ALLEA, together with its member the German Young Academy (Die Junge Akademie), is starting a new project on the climate sustainability of science. The initiative will review the existing knowledge, experiences and data regarding how academia can support the mitigation of greenhouse gases with changes of its working modes, for instance on academic travel-culture.

Watch Recording: Expert Workshop on Current Challenges for ILSA

Last January, the ALLEA Science Education Working Group organised an expert workshop on current challenges for international large-scale studies of achievement (ILSA). The meeting addressed the role of ILSAs as well as current and emerging challenges related to these studies. Watch the recording.

PERITIA Public Lectures: [Un]Truths, Trust in an Age of Disinformation

PERITIA – Policy, Expertise and Trust – is launching a series of public lectures from 6 April to 1 June 2021. Around the topic of '[Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation', these five meetings will explore the concept of trust and truth.

PERITIA Conference ‘Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape’

The EU-funded research project PERITIA is organising the virtual scientific conference ‘Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape’, to be held on 18-19 March. The registration and programme are available on the event website. 

Horizon Europe: Three Calls for Proposals Announced

The Work Programme 2021 for the European Research Council (ERC), major actor for research grants in Europe, was presented yesterday by the European Commission. For this first work programme under Horizon Europe, three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions have been announced.
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Call for Membership – European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

The European Commission has opened the public Call for Membership of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, the independent advisory body established by the President of the Commission. Interested individuals are invited to submit their application by 22 March 2021.

Lise Meitner: “A Physicist Who Never Lost Her Humanity”

Against all odds, Austrian-born Lise Meitner devoted her life to a career in nuclear physics. Today we look back on the achievements of a brilliant woman who many believe was once robbed of the Nobel Prize.

“Younger women need role models in order to develop ambition and stamina”

Today, the UN celebrates women and girls in science. We asked one of the editors of ALLEA's book "Women in European Academies", historian Prof. Ute Frevert, to take a closer look on the past and present of women in European academies and science.