# I stand with CEU! Academicians and GLO Fellows debate at CEU in Budapest
Evidence-free policy making is on the move. This is a particular challenge for the relationship between scientists and policymakers. A workshop with a high-ranked panel of scientists in Budapest engaged in policy advice and policy-making was debating this in the face of the ongoing discussion about the future of the Central European University (CEU). The open event took place on September 6, 2017 on the premises of CEU hosted by the CEU School of Public Policy.
SPP's Acting Head Martin Kahanec commented: "This high-level policy panel co-organized by Academia Europaea, GLO, and SPP brought together prominent economists with profound experience as policy makers and politicians to debate the interface between science and policy making. The key message is that evidence based policy making is a cornerstone of democratic governance. I thank Klaus F. Zimmermann and distinguished panelists for the inspiring insights, and for the firm support to CEU they demonstrated"
The issue was also debated during the Academia Europaea 29th Annual Conference 2017 in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, September 4-6, 2017. Academia Europaea (AE) is the Academy of Europe.