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“It Is Really Important for Experts to Know When They Are Helping and When They Are Making Things Worse”

Roger Pielke is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science. In this interview, he touches upon key dilemmas of today’s expert advice practices for democracy, science communication and climate change.

New Report Explores the Ethics of Digital eXtended Reality, Neurotechnologies, and Climate Engineering

In June 2022, TechEthos (Ethics for Technologies with High Socio-Economic Impact), a Horizon 2020-funded project, published a draft report on the ethical issues that need to be considered for the three technology families under study - Digital eXtended Reality, Neurotechnologies, and Climate Engineering.

European Science Organisations Reach Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment

Following a six-month co-creational process involving more than 350 European organisations from over 40 countries, an Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment has been reached and made public today. ALLEA has contributed to the Agreement as part of a core group of 20 research organisations that supported the drafting team throughout the process.

The Global Young Academy Has Launched a Call for New Members

The Global Young Academy (GYA) has launched a call for new members. The deadline for applications is 15 September, 18.00 (6 pm) UTC. Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

Call for Applications for Ukrainian Academic Institutions Open

ALLEA has launched a call for applications to support Ukrainian academic institutions affected by the war. The call is part of the second funding line of the European Fund for Displaced Scientists programme, supported by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. Applications must be submitted by 15 August 2022.

ALLEA Provides Expert Advice to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on Plants Produced by New Genomic Techniques

ALLEA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on plants produced by certain new genomic techniques (NGTs). In its response, ALLEA stresses that the 2018 European Court of Justice decision is a major setback for the development of useful new crops.

The Ukraine Crisis: Responses from the European Higher Education and Research Sectors

On 15 June 2022, ALLEA co-organised the online conference 'The Ukraine Crisis: Responses from the European Higher Education and Research Sectors. The event brought together key stakeholders in Europe to address the impact of the war in Ukraine to the country's academic and scientific sectors.

ALLEA Welcomes Council Conclusions on Research Assessment and Open Science

ALLEA welcomes the adoption of the Conclusions on Research Assessment and Implementation of Open Science by the Council of the European Union on 10 June. At the same time, ALLEA continues to stress that it matters how we open knowledge, as the push for Open Access publishing has also paved the way for various unethical publishing practices.

ALLEA Signs 10-Point Action Plan to Support Ukrainian Academic System

Following a meeting of representatives from various scientific institutions on 2 June 2022 at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, a 10-point Action Plan has been unveiled to help Ukrainian science, both during and after the war.

Job Ad: ALLEA Seeks Finance and Accounting Officer

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, is currently seeking a  Finance and Accounting Officer (part-time: 75% FTE)  to join its team in Berlin for the duration of two years, starting on 1 September 2022 or earlier. This position offers the flexibility of combining working in the office and remotely.  

ALLEA Launches Call for Applications for the European Fund for Displaced Scientists

ALLEA launched the call for applications for the European Fund for Displaced Scientists (EFDS). This call pertains to Funding Line 1 of the EFDS, set up to support academic institutions in Europe that are accepting Ukrainian scholars displaced by the war.

Transforming Science: Pathways Towards Sustainability and Trustworthiness

The ALLEA symposium ‘Transforming Science: Pathways Towards Sustainability and Trustworthiness’ brought together leading scientists, policymakers and research managers in Brussels to discuss the transformations the scientific system must address to be ready for future crisis after the Covid-19 pandemic.

New ALLEA Board Elected

The new ALLEA Board was announced during the annual business meeting held as part of the ALLEA General Assembly on 11 May 2022 in Brussels.

The Future of Science Communication Conference: Bringing Science Communicators and Researchers Together

ALLEA and Wissenschaft im Dialog hosted the second Future of Science Communication Conference (FSCC 2.0) in Brussels, which was attended by academics, policymakers, and practitioners to learn from renowned experts in the burgeoning field.

The Academic System Is Not Exempt from Imperatives to Transition to Climate Sustainability

A new ALLEA report delves into academia’s impact on the climate through its own operations from the perspective of various stakeholders that play a key role in shaping the academic system. The report goes on to make a series of tailored recommendations to mitigate detrimental effects.