The European Environmental Agency just opened a call for expressions of interest for experts to be appointed as members of the European Environment Agency Scientific Committee. I think this is a very good opportunity for researchers to aid interested policy makers with their academic knowledge and potentially shape policy and public opinion. Be the change you want to see!

I have always felt that there is a wide gap between what most of the research suggests is important, and what is finally implemented on the policy side. One reason is that policy makers simply do not have the same level of scientific knowledge that researchers have. Another reason is that researchers mostly have a hard time to convey to politicians their knowledge. This call of interest may give researchers the opportunity to shrink this gap.

What is the objective of the EEA?

The primary objective of the EEA is to produce timely, relevant, comparable and reliable European, pan-European and regional environmental data and indicator sets, thematic analyses and integrated assessments in order to provide a sound decision basis for environmental policies in the EU and member countries of the EEA. The work includes cooperation with candidate and potential candidate countries to the EU and those covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy in Eastern and Southern Europe.

What is the role of the scientific committee?

The Scientific Committee assists the EEA Management Board and the Executive Director in providing scientific advice and delivering professional opinion on any scientific matter in the areas of work undertaken by the Agency.

The Scientific Committee has three major tasks:

  • To deliver an opinion on the EEA multiannual and annual work programme;
  • To give an opinion to the Executive Director for the purposes of recruitment of the Agency’s scientific staff;
  • To provide advice and/or opinion on any scientific matter concerning the Agency’s activity, which the Management Board or the Executive Director may submit to it.

The Scientific Committee meets three times per year. Back to back with these meetings, the Committee holds seminars on topic of mutual interest with the EEA. Outputs from these are delivered, inter-alia, through seminar reports.

The Scientific Committee is an important link to the EEAcademy that formally began its work in 2016, and where members are invited to provide contributions through lectures, seminars and summer schools in support to knowledge developments and capacity building within EEA and Eionet.

Who is eligible?

Candidates must have:

  • a university degree in a relevant scientific area, preferably at postgraduate level,
  • at least 10 years’ professional experience at a level to which the qualifications give admission,
  • be a national of one of the member countries of the EEA (Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).

You have time until 3rd July to apply. For more information and the application follow this link.