Scientific Advisory Committee

In November 2015, Science Europe Member Organisations established a new cross-disciplinary Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) who advise Science Europe on key European research policy topics.



The SAC comprises 30 active researchers from 16 countries representing a variety of career stages and demonstrating a wide spread of research disciplines (including new and emerging fields), excellence in their represented research field, and a 50-50 gender balance. They provide scientifically independent advice to Science Europe on key European research policy topics and on the implications of EU legislative and regulatory developments.

Professor Ola Erstad, Head of the Department of Education at Oslo University, was elected as the new Chair of this cross-disciplinary sounding board in November 2016 for a 3-year term. Supporting him in his role are two Vice-Chairs, Susanne Siebentritt, Professor of Physics and Head of the Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg, and Professor Igor Emri, Director of the Center for Experimental Mechanics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Meet all of the SAC members here.

The former Scientific Committees

The SAC replaces the six individual Scientific Committees that ran from 2012 to 2015. Discover the six previous committees including their publications and contributing members here.

The SAC Symposium

The SAC organises an annual Symposium gathering together independent scientific experts with high-level representatives from Science Europe Member Organisations and external stakeholders. The first SAC Symposium was hosted in Brussels in November 2016 on the topic ‘Building a Narrative on Impact and the Societal Value of Science.’ Discover more about about the event, including the agenda, presentations and conference materials here.


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(19/10/18) Science Europe is currently recruiting a new Senior Policy Officer... read more

(12/09/18) Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal for TDM in the new Copyright Directive in today’s plenary vote... read more

(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

(31/05/18) Science Europe held its 2018 High-Level Workshop on the topic of Mission-oriented Research… Read more


The Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (November 2018) presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice... read more