The uncertainty and exponential risks of today’s interwoven global world place scientific knowledge at the centre of critical public debates. Scientists and scholars are asked to address urgent and evolving questions concerning pressing societal topics where sound scientific assessment is needed, from the complexity of human societies and behaviours to the impact of the digital transformation.
Academies, as centres of excellence and interdisciplinary knowledge, have broad and extensive experience in this realm in national and regional contexts and provide the unique ability to tackle issues with the input of scholars and scientists from all academic disciplines. To extrapolate this repository of knowledge, ALLEA works with its members to identify emerging challenges to which science and research can contribute at the European and international level. ALLEA particularly engages in the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) via the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy European Academies) consortium to address high-priority issues relevant for EU legislation and policy.