In 2015, the European Commission initiated a new Scientific Advise Mechanism (SAM). In SAM, a select Group of Chief Scientific Advisors coordinates evidence-based science policy for the European Commission. European Academies are included in this process through SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) of which the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) is part of through its strategic partnership with the Academia Europaea.
Today, the EC has announced that Nicole has been selected to become a member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors who work closely together with European Commissioner Carlos Moedas. Similarly, she will now be at the receiving end for the evidence-based policy advise that the SAPEA consortium will provide to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the EC. The YAE congratulates Nicole for this major achievement.