acatechthe National Academy of Science and Engineering in Germany is the voice of the technological sciences in Germany and abroad. Funded by the Federal Government and the Länder, it provides advice on strategic engineering and technology policy issues to policymakers and the public. acatech fulfils its mandate to provide independent, evidence-based advice that is in the public interest under the patronage of the Federal President. acatech represents Germany’s technological sciences at the European academy association Euro-CASE. Through its member academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertise (around 6,000 experts) and provides impartial, independent and balanced advice on technological issues with a clear European dimension to European Institutions, national governments, companies and organisations. Euro-CASE is one of the five partner Academy Networks in the SAPEA project which is coordinated by acatech.

The project 'Science Advice for Policy by European Academies' (SAPEA) is part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission. Together with the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, it provides independent scientific advice to European Commissioners to support their decision-making. The project also works to raise awareness of scientific advice and evidence in policymaking, and to stimulate debate in Europe about these issues. SAPEA comprises five European Academy Networks: Academia Europaea, ALLEA, Euro-CASE, FEAM and YASAS. Across these networks, it brings together outstanding expertise from natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical, health, agricultural and social sciences, and the humanities. SAPEA draws on over a hundred academies, young academies and learned societies in more than 40 countries across Europe. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme. More information can be found on the project´s website.

Mr. Rudolf Hielscher: