As a hub for innovation, Germany is closely integrated in international interdisciplinary knowledge networks. Its international activities have enabled acatech to intensify numerous European and international networks in the past few years. In these networks, a variety of partners from academia, the industry and social groups work together, intensifying cooperation and launching new projects.
Scientific Advice Mechanism: Scientific policy advice in Europe
In May 2015, the European Commission decided to include the academies as an independent pillar into the new mechanism for providing scientific advice, the so-called Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The cooperation between the academies follows the example of the German model of cooperation in the Coordinating Committee of academies. acatech will be coordinating the cooperation at the European level. In the Research Framework Programme "Horizon 2020", the Commission will provide 6 million euros to fund the provision of independent, science-based policy advice from the academies in Europe over the next four years.