Brussels, 9 June 2006
Call for European Environment Agency Scientific Committee experts 2006 (OJ C135A/1 9.6.2006).
The European Environment Agency
The main objective of the European Environment Agency (EEA) is to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.
The EEA both gathers and disseminates data and information through the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet). Eionet is a collaborative network of the EEA and its 32 member countries, connecting National Focal Points (NFPs) in the EU and collaborating countries, European Topic Centres (ETCs), National Reference Centres (NRCs) and Commission's experts.
The work of the EEA includes collecting and analysing shared environmental data from the European Commission services, EEA member countries, international organisations, conventions and agreements, producing policy relevant advice and making this information widely available.
The role of the EEA Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee (SC) assists the EEA Management Board and the Executive Director in providing scientific advice and delivering professional opinion on any scientific matter in the areas of work undertaken by the EEA.
The EEA Scientific Committee was set up by Article 10 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 1210/90 on the establishment of the European Environment Agency and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet). The major tasks of the SC cover delivering opinions on the Agency's annual and multi-annual work programmes, on the recruitment of scientific staff, and on any scientific matter concerning the EEA's activities.
The below fields are recognised to be currently needed in the expertise of the scientific committee, subject of the present call:
1. resource and waste management;
2. hazards and risk assessment on floods, droughts, volcanic eruption and industrial risks;
3. ocean and coastal science, including marine biology;
4. modeller, especially with respect to methodologies and spatial analysis;
5. life science, including health sciences, sustainable agriculture, biology.
Composition of the EEA Scientific Committee
The EEA Scientific Committee is composed of independent scientists from EEA member countries, covering all environmental fields relevant for the Agency's areas of activity. The SC members are identified through an open selection process.
The Chairperson and the two Vice-Chairpersons of the Scientific Committee are elected from amongst its own members.
The number of members in the Scientific Committee shall not exceed 20 experts.
It is welcomed that the experts on the committee have thorough knowledge in one or more environmental fields of competences in addition to their primary area of expertise, thus collectively covering the widest possible range of disciplines.
Experts should be prepared to attend meetings of the Scientific Committee on a regular basis - at least three times per year. Meetings of the Scientific Committee shall normally be held at the EEA premises in Copenhagen.
The members of the Scientific Committee are not to be remunerated but will be entitled to an indemnity for each full day meeting. Members will also receive travel and subsistence allowance in accordance with the Agency's policy for the reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses.
The chairperson and rapporteurs are entitled to an indemnity to defray costs related to the coordination of draft opinions.
Applications should be sent by e-mail (no later than 23.59 Central European Time) or by post (date of postmark serves as proof) to the above-indicated addresses no later than 20 July 2006.