Science for policy initiatives to help you to engage with Europe’s policymaking processes!

Dear EGU Experts,

September’s Science for Policy Newsletter features opportunities for scientists to learn more about how they can effectively engage with policymakers, learn about policymaking processes, and facilitate a two-way dialogue.

If you have any further questions or comments about the policy opportunities that exist for scientists in Europe, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via or on Twitter using @Chl0e_Hill.

Best wishes,

Chloe Hill, EGU Policy Manager

Final chance to apply: EGU’s Science-Policy Pairing Scheme

The deadline to apply for the EGU’s 2022 Science-Policy Pairing Scheme is just days away! Submit your application now for the opportunity to work alongside a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) inside the European Parliament in Brussels for a week!

This year’s Pairing Scheme will be with Norbert Lins, an MEP representing Germany and the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats). He is Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Co-Chair of the Biodiversity Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

You can read more about the Pairing Scheme here and submit your application here until 12 September 2022.

Creating spaces for science-policy interaction and dialogue

Creating and facilitating activities that bring scientists and policymakers together can bridge the science-policy gap, aligning the goals, expectations, and needs of both communities.

As part of the EGU’s 20th Anniversary, EGU will host the webinar, Let’s talk about it: how to create spaces for science-policy interaction and dialogue on 29 September at 16:00 CEST. This webinar will outline the benefits of creating these interaction spaces and will explain how scientific organisations can facilitate discussions and promote a two-way dialogue between scientists and policymakers. Inviting participants from both the science and policy communities, it will then demonstrate these practices in a facilitated discussion about science-policy interactions via breakout rooms and conversation starters!

Register for the webinar now!

Apply now to join the Good Lobby Incubator

In 2022, EGU participated in the Good Lobby’s first Climate Incubator with several other non-profit organisations to learn about specific policymaking processes that citizens and networks can engage with. The 6-month programme gave the EGU’s policy activities a boost with new insights and inspiration! While not specifically targeting scientific organisations, the Incubator offers tailored advocacy trainings and personalised mentoring that can help scientists more effectively engage and have a policy impact.

The call is now open for the second round of this free, innovative programme. Read more and apply here before 30 September 2022.

Toolkits for developing and sustaining researcher networks

Vitae, an organisation that supports professional development of researchers, has recently launched three actionable ‘toolkits’ that aim to develop and sustain researcher networks by providing:

  • fundamental advice for developing and sustaining a researcher network
  • recommendations for achieving a specific goal with a researcher network and
  • recommendations for supporting a specific population with a researcher network.

You can use and read more about these toolkits here

New guidelines for knowledge valorisation

On 9 August 2022 the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the guiding principles for knowledge valorisation with the aim of increasing social and economic value from knowledge. Replacing the 2008 Commission Recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and a Code of Practice for universities and other public research organisations, the proposal will support national, regional and local policymakers in maximising the transformation of research results into solutions that benefit society.

You can read more about the new guidelines here.

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