Distinguished Lecture Series: Jan Marco Müller
The quest for evidence: An insider's view on science and politics in Europe
Abstract: The disappearing of the Chief Scientific Advisor post in the European Commission in November 2014 has put the role of science in European policy-making into the spotlight. While the Commission in the frame of its better regulation agenda is setting up a new science advisory mechanism based on a high-level expert panel and input provided by national science academies, discussions about the future role of the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), and other evidence providers such as the EU Agencies have also gained a new dynamic. Based on his experience as Assistant to the former Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Dame Anne Glover, the lecturer will put the ongoing debate around institutional structures into the wider context of the complexity of European policy-making and the role given to science in political decisions, including on controversial topics such as GMOs.
Bio: German Jan Marco Müller, a policy officer for international relations in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels, is currently a visiting sabbatical fellow at CIRES. He served from 2012-2014 as Assistant to Professor Dame Anne Glover, then the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. Müller's research background is in geography; since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Marburg (Germany), he has worked in several prominent environmental research centers including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research(UFZ) in Leipzig (Germany), the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology(CEH) in Wallingford (Oxfordshire), and the Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra (Italy), which is one of the seven Institutes constituting the JRC, the European Commission's in-house science service. Müller helped found the Partnership for European Environmental Research(PEER), the network of Europe's largest environmental research centres, to which he served as Secretary in the first three years.