Open call for EGU Division Policy Officers & your guide to Science for Policy at EGU24

Dear EGU Expert,

This month’s Science for Policy Newsletter highlights a call for two new EGU Division Policy Officers, introduces the EGU24 Policy Programme, outlines how you can directly interact with policymakers and science for policy experts at EGU24, and shares an exciting report on the gaps in climate research funding from the European Commission!

If you have any further questions or comments about the EGU24 policy programme or policy opportunities that exist for scientists in Europe, don’t hesitate to get in touch via or on the EGU’s official Science for Policy Twitter Account @EGU_Policy.

Best wishes
Chloe Hill, EGU Policy Manager

Open call for EGU Division Policy Officers

In 2023, several EGU Divisions appointed Policy Officers and Points of Policy Contact within their Division structures. These volunteers support their Division members to engage in policymaking by sharing Division-relevant opportunities, providing them with resources, and coordinating groups of division members interested in providing useful and timely information to policymakers! You can read more about the role that Division Policy Officers and Points of Policy Contact play in the blog posts written by the Natural Hazard Division Policy Officer Antonella Peresan and the Cryospheric Sciences Division Point of Policy Contact, Marie Cavitte.

Both EGU’s Geomorphology Division and EGU’s Planetary Sciences Division currently have an open call for a Policy Officer (to be confirmed during EGU24). To apply, please send your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter (1-page) that outlines your motivation and relevant experience or interest in policy to by 28 March (for the Geomorphology Division) or by 5 April (for the Planetary Science Division).

Finding your science for policy session at #EGU24

For the first time ever, the EGU General Assembly programme has a policy tag that you can click on to find all of the week’s science for policy sessions! This includes Union Symposium, Great Debates, Short Courses, Splinter Meetings, and scientific sessions that provide tips or examples of how researchers can engage with the policymaking process! Check out the EGU24 science for policy programme here and make sure you add some sessions to your personal programme!

Interact with SciPol Experts at EGU24

EGU24 will not only provide participants with a range of engaging science for policy related sessions, but it will also give some the opportunity to meet science for policy experts to ask their questions and practice pitching their research!

Ask a Science for Policy Expert

This year, we have a huge range of science for policy experts participating in our Ask a Science for Policy Expert initiative! You can submit your policy-related questions here before 5 April 2024 to be matched with a science for policy expert who will be able to discuss them with you during the General Assembly!

Pitch your research to a policymaker

If you’d like to practice pitching your research to policymakers, you can submit your research topic or project here and join us on Tuesday 16 April to give your pitch to a panel of four science for policy experts! These experts will listen to your pitch and give you feedback and provide insights on areas that you can improve when discussing your research with policymakers in the future. Submit your research now as timeslots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis!

The next frontier for climate change science

Bridging the knowledge gaps in climate change research is crucial for guiding the transition toward a low-carbon climate-resilient future! A recent report led by the European Commission and supported by climate researchers and experts outlines where additional research is required to effectively and adequately address climate change, aiming to inform future calls under the EU Horizon Europe R&I Programme and beyond.

Understanding where these gaps are isn’t only essential for research funders but can also help individual scientists understand the research landscape that they’re working in and perhaps inspire ideas for future projects! You can read the full report here.

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