November 2016

Published in ESRS Newsletter November 2016

 

ESRS EU Committee
(November 2015 - March 2016)

Current Members (2016 – 2018):
Roberto Amici (Coordinator), Diego Garcia Borreguero (Vice-Coordinator),Damien Leger, Pierre-Hervé Luppi, Walter McNicholas, Lino Nobili, Tiina Paunio, Philippe Peigneux, Dieter Riemann, Debra J. Skene, Johan Verbraecken

Previous Members (2014 – 2016):
Roberto Amici (Chair), Diego Garcia Borreguero (Co-Chair), Marta Gonçalves, Damien Léger, Pierre Hervé Luppi; Walter McNicholas, Lino Nobili, Tiina Paunio, Philippe Peigneux, Dieter Riemann, Debra J. Skene

The main aims of the Committee are: i) to bring the topics of “sleep” and “sleep disorders” to the attention of the EU in order to receive support for research and teaching activities; ii) to promote sleep-related issues from a political point of view at a European and National level.

The major achievement of the past few months was the meeting “European Sleep meets the European Union: Measuring Sleepiness, the Need for Common European Rules”, that was held in Brussels under the joint organization of the ESRS and the Assembly of the National Sleep Societies (ANSS), during the annual ANSS meeting on April 29. During this meeting, EU officers from the DG “Research and Innovation” and the DG “Mobility and Transport“ were addressed on the risks of insufficient sleep and sleepiness and on the need of developing new tools for the assessment of sleepiness. Also, the need of more funding for education programs on sleep and sleepiness in Europe was claimed.

Furthermore, a document aimed at proposing “Sleep and Sleep Disorders” as a topic for Horizon 2020 upcoming call 2018-20 has been finalized in collaboration with the ANSS, and sent by every NSS President to the National Contact Points of the pillar Health of the DG “Research and Innovation” and to the National Member of the Advisory Board who is in charge to finalize the Horizon Health 2020 call for 2018-20. The document is available at:

http://www.esrs.eu/committees-networks/eu-committee/documents.html

Finally, the EU Committee warmly invite all of you to participate in the public stakeholder survey that has been launched by the EU Commission in order to collect information for a better shaping of the new Work Programme for Horizon2020. Your individual contribution is fundamental in order to convince the EU Commission of the need to have “Sleep and Sleep Disorders” as a topic for Horizon 2020 upcoming call 2018-20. To maximize the impact of our action, we ask you please to further claim in the survey what has been addressed in the EU-ANSS document indicated above.

The survey is available at:

https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Public-stakeholder-consultation-interim-evaluation-H2020 #

Roberto Amici