This month’s Science for Policy Newsletter is jumping straight into 2022 by outlining both EGU’s and the EU’s policy priorities!

Dear EGU Expert,

This month’s Science for Policy Newsletter is jumping straight into 2022 by outlining both EGU’s and the EU’s policy priorities for the new year! Understanding the priorities of policymaking institutions, as well as upcoming opportunities, can help you plan how and where to engage with the policymaking process. We hope that 2022 will not only bring new opportunities for you to engage with but also rekindle those that were put on hold because of the pandemic. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved with science for policy but are yet to take that first step, this might be your year!

Even though EGU has a lot planned for 2022, we’re always looking for more ways to help our members engage with the science-policy interface! If you have a science for policy idea or activity that you would like the EGU to engage with during 2022, please don’t hesitate to let us know or give us feedback via or on Twitter using @Chl0e_Hill.

Wishing you a great start to 2022,
Chloe Hill, EGU Policy Manager

EGU Policy: What’s new in 2022?

As a result of the pandemic, EGU’s annual Science for Policy Pairing Scheme and Science for Policy Event were unfortunately put on hold in 2021. However, we are planning on bringing these back in 2022 along with a number of new policy activities and initiatives! EGU’s first GeoPolicy blog of the year outlines these activities and upcoming science for policy opportunities that our members will be able to engage with in 2022! Read the blog post here.

The EU’s Joint Declaration on legislative priorities for 2022

As we welcome the new year, it’s common for us to make resolutions to accomplish a goal or break a habit. Likewise, each year the EU creates and re-affirms its goals and priorities. The leaders of the European Parliament, Council, and Commission have recently signed the Joint Declaration on EU legislative priorities for 2022 that outlines their shared vision for a transformed, more resilient Europe. Not only does this declaration focus on building back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also aims to support measures to prevent and overcome the consequences of climate change, biodiversity loss, and other global crises. You can read more about the EU’s declaration and see the full list of priorities, including those that are being carried over from 2021, here.

EU Commission seeking top experts to advise EU Missions

The European Commission currently has an open call for 15 experts for each of their five Missions: Adaptation to Climate Change, Cancer, Restore our Ocean and Waters, Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, and Soil Deal for Europe. These Mission Boards will ideally include a diverse range of experts across various domains including science, business, citizen engagement, and civil society organisations. The Mission Boards will be responsible for devising, demonstrating, applying, and upscaling solutions on the ground. Applications to join the Mission Boards close on 2 February 2022 at 17:00 CET. You can read more about the Mission Boards and how to apply here.

Have your say: The Fit for Future Platform

The Fit for Future Platform aims to support the EU Commission in simplifying existing laws, reducing regulatory burdens, and ensuring that EU laws are fit for the future. There is currently an open call for individuals and organisations to share their ideas about how the Commission can increase their digitalisation potential, to simplify procedures, and avoid overlaps or uncertainties. You can submit your suggestions here or read the suggestions made by others until 30 April 2022.

10 Top Tips to achieve policy impact in 2022

If you’re interested in getting involved with the European policymaking process but haven’t yet taken the first step, 2022 could be the time to start! The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has outlined 10 tips for researchers who want to achieve policy impact including “Planning for policy impact early” and “Becoming bi-lingual in both science and policy”. You can take a look at the infographic here or read about these tips in more detail in the JRC’s Science for Policy Handbook.

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