The European Commission is developing a new science advice system, dubbed the Science Advice Mechanism (SAM), ScienceInsider reports, that includes a seven-member panel of scientists who will advise policymakers. SAM, it adds, will also enable policymakers to draw on the expertise of Europe's national academies and societies.

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