Pearl Dykstra appointed to Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors

10 November 2015

Academy Vice President Pearl Dykstra has been appointed to the European Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors. This group of seven top scientific experts provides the Commission with scientific advice in order to contribute to the quality of EU legislation.

The announcement of the scientists who will form the High Level Group marks the start of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The mechanism was announced in May by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. More than 160 scientists were nominated by 74 different organisations.

Commenting on her appointment, Pearl Dykstra said: ‘The establishment of the High Level Group offers tremendous recognition of the importance of research for policymakers and politicians. I look forward to working with the Commissioners, and naturally with the six other members of the High Level Group.’

Academy President José van Dijck had this to say about the appointment: ‘We are extraordinarily proud that our Vice President, Pearl Dykstra, is part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism that will be advising Commissioner Moedas. She has all the administrative and scientific qualities necessary to make this first SAM a success.’

Scientific Advice Mechanism

The Scientific Advice Mechanism concentrates the expertise of the national science academies and their European networks and supports the Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice in order to contribute to the quality of EU legislation. The members of the High Level Group have been appointed for a minimum of two and a half years, renewable once.

About Pearl Dykstra

Pearl Dykstra is Professor of Empirical Sociology and Director of Research for the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2012 she received an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Union for her research on the social context of families.