How we work

EASAC's working structure centres around enabling contributions from Europe's top scientists to important questions of EU policy-making

Basic Structure

EASAC is the association of the National Academies of Science of the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. EASAC's governing body is Council, consisting of the representatives of EASAC member academies. The EASAC President works together with four Vice-Presidents in EASAC Bureau.

The day-to-day business of EASAC is handled by a professional Secretariat based at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Halle, Germany). EASAC also has a Brussels Office, hosted by the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium (RASAB). (See also the organisational chart for further information.)

Science-for-Policy Advice

EASAC's work of independent science-based advice for policy-makers is focused on three core programmes: EnergyEnvironment and Biosciences. Each of these is run by a Programme Director and a Steering Panel consisting of highly experienced scientists nominated by EASAC member academies. Members of the Steering Panels are chosen solely for their expertise in the respective field and together they advise EASAC about potential projects and help build relations with key scientists and policy-makers within the EU.

After a project has been scoped and recommended by a Steering Panel and approved by Council, a working group is formed through nominations by EASAC member academies. Through an average of 2-3 working group meetings and extensive electronic exchange the working group compiles a report, which then goes through a thorough peer review process and is finally circulated to all EASAC member academies for endorsement. Sometimes, when there is not much time to produce advice or when EASAC wants to address a relatively narrow topic, a shorter document is produced, called a statement. Sometimes, the key messages of EASAC reports and statements form the basis of EASAC articles in scientific journals. (See here for a list of all EASAC reports and statements.)