The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the agency of the European Union (EU) that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain. EFSA was established in February 2002, is based in Parma, Italy and had a budget for 2008 of €65.9 million.

The work of EFSA covers all matters with a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety, including animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health and nutrition. EFSA supports the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU member states in taking effective and timely risk management decisions that ensure the protection of the healthof European consumers and the safety of the food and feed chain. EFSA also communicates to the public in an open and transparent way on all matters within its remit.

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Brussels, Belgium 2 October 2018

The Publications Office has launched with its partners (the ELI Task Force, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and the European Food Safety Authority) the EU Datathon 2018. Its purpose is to highlight the potential of linking EU data and national data. The EU Datathon 2018 is a competition where teams of participants have to develop web or mobile applications that meet the objectives of the competition. To this end, they shall use at least one dataset produced by the EU institutions or agencies and available on the EU Open Data Portal, combined or not with others from local, national or supranational government bodies.

For more details and registration, please see EU Datathon 2018.

EU Datathon 2018

4 June 2018

11:00 - 12:00 (GMT+01:00)

Draft agenda is available here.

What will we be talking about?

Becoming an EFSA trainee is a unique opportunity for young university graduates to gain professional experience in various business and scientific fields. We are looking for candidates from all over the world, and a webinar is an ideal way for us to reach and engage with potential applicants. The call for applications will be published in the first half of June.

  • Are you interested in gaining first-hand experience working for an EU agency?

  • Keen to become part of a multicultural community and start building your network of contacts?
  • Do you want to play a role in keeping Europe's food safe?

    EFSA is an ideal starting point for your career, and where better place to begin your European journey than picturesque Parma?

Highlights of the webinar:

  • EFSA representatives will introduce the traineeship programme;
  • Current EFSA trainees and a staff member will talk about their experiences at EFSA;
  • We will give you useful tips on how to make a successful application.

During the webinar, participants will be able to submit questions which EFSA representatives will answer via the Q&A box. EFSA will publish a recording of the webinar on its website.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in working for an EU agency is welcome to attend the webinar. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive real-time responses from EFSA staff.

The EFSA traineeship programme is open to all, including candidates from non EU-countries.

For technical reasons, participation is limited to a maximum of 500, on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to register

Register: here

Registration is online and will close once the maximum number of participants has been reached or on 4 June 2018.

Supporting documents

  1. Video recorded for 2016 Traineeship Programme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDFwn4SVOZw

Technical requirements and assistance

  1. Test Adobe Connect
  2. Instructions for participants


Disclaimer and data protection note

Webinar: Everything you need to know about EFSA’s traineeship programme

Published on: 4 May 2018

EFSA has launched an open consultation on a draft ‘Guidance on Communication of Uncertainty in Scientific Assessments’. This document provides guidance on how to communicate the various expressions of uncertainty from the uncertainty analyses described in EFSA’s Guidance document on uncertainty analysis in scientific assessment. It also contains specific guidance for assessors on how best to report the various expressions of uncertainty from their uncertainty analyses.

EFSA would like to receive feedback on this draft approach to communicating uncertainty from practitioners, experts and officials who are involved in science communication and risk communication:

  • Science communicators such as writers, editors, journalists, press and public information officers, in particular on Section 3 containing the practical guidance for communicating uncertainty: how understandable and easy to follow is it? Could you use such a document? and if not how could it be made more usable?
  • Social scientists/academics focused on communication of scientific uncertainties: is there any additional research (meeting our selection criteria) on different audience understandings of probabilities, understanding of verbal vs numerical information, use and understanding of hedging words, visuals for communicating uncertainty?
  • Decision-makers, scientific assessors, stakeholders from the food safety and public health areas who use EFSA’s communications or those of other scientific advisory bodies at national, European or international level: do you have any insights or experience to help improve our approach, how can this approach be adapted to help you better understand or explain the results of an uncertainty analysis?

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 24 June 2018. Please use the electronic template provided in this link to submit comments.

If you would like to submit additional data to support your comments or file send an email to: com.publicconsult.EUS.001 [at] efsa.europa.eu

Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation 
  • are presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • are not related to the contents of the document
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.

Submit comments (deadline: 24 June 2018)

Public consultation on draft ‘Guidance on Communication of Uncertainty in Scientific Assessments’