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E.U. commission promises to listen to scientists

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Science  22 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6237, pp. 848
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6237.848

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Surrounded by six Nobel laureates, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his long-awaited plan to restructure the commission's scientific advice process on 13 May. In the commission's new Science Advice Mechanism, a high-level group of seven scientists will channel the input of national academies and learned societies to give the commission the best scientific advice. When Juncker took office last November, he didn't renew the position of chief scientific adviser, which some scientists took as a sign of disregard for science. Last week's announcement provided critics with some reassurance, but many details remain to be worked out, including how the high-level group will operate effectively.