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Group of Chief Scientific Advisors
Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

About the advisors


The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors is a key part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). Their role is to provide independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to inform their decision-making, and thus contribute to the quality of EU legislation.

Commission decision on the setting up of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors

Guidelines – how SAM produces scientific advice

Rules of Procedure – Group of Chief Scientific Advisors – September 2020


There are 7 Chief Scientific Advisors appointed in their personal capacity and who act independently and in the public interest.

The advisors’ declared interests can be consulted on the Register of Commission expert groups.
An independent identification committee assists the Commission in selecting the advisors.

Role of the advisors in the Scientific Advice Mechanism

The advisors work closely with the Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium, which gathers expertise in engineering, humanities, medicine, natural and social sciences from over 100 academies and societies across Europe.

Together with a secretariat in the Commission’s research and innovation department, the advisors and SAPEA are collectively known as the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM).

Subscribe to the SAM newsletter

Visit the website of the Scientific Advice Mechanism

Activity report

Plenary meetings

The group meets in plenary several times a year.

Meeting reports, minutes and related documents


EC-SAMatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (EC-SAM[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)