The Academy advises on a range of different subjects related to science and scholarship. Its advisory agenda consists of ongoing and proposed advisory reports. Subjects may be added or removed as required. An outline of the approach taken to advisory subjects can be found in Science and scholarship connect, the Academy’s strategic agenda for 2016-2020.
In certain areas, the Academy seeks to explore subjects similar to those being investigated under the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), in cooperation with other academies of science or associations of such academies. These mainly concern science for policy.
The Academy has established a number of advisory councils and advisory committees to assist it in its advisory task. They propose subjects and play a role in conducting peer reviews of advisory reports.
The Academy has produced a manual (PDF) with guidelines for producing advisory reports. The reports are authored by ad hoc committees whose members are experts on the subject at hand. As a rule, committee members receive no payment for their work.
The Academy ensures the independence of the committee members and the quality of the advisory report by adhering to a code of conduct relating to conflicts of interest and by performing peer reviews of the reports.