Upcoming science for policy events and updates

Dear EGU expert,

This month’s Science for Policy Newsletter highlights a number of upcoming science for policy events, the EGU’s GeoPolicy blog, and the work being undertaken by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.

If you have any questions or comments regarding science for policy in Europe, feel free to get in touch via policy@egu.eu or on Twitter @Chl0e_Hill.

Best wishes,
Chloe Hill, EGU Policy Manager

Upcoming Science for Policy Events

Now that summer is over, policy events are back in full swing! With most events still being online, they are easily accessible and generally free of charge. The EGU has an External Science for Policy Events Calendar that lists upcoming policy-related events that are likely to be of interest to geoscientists. This can be a useful resource if you’re trying to find events that will introduce you to the science-policy interface or a policy area! You can also add a policy-related event to this calendar if you’d like to share it with a wider audience.

Science for Policy 101, 17:00 -18:15 29 September 2021

EuroScience, a non-profit association for the advancement of science and technology, is hosting a Science for Policy 101 webinar that will introduce three science-policy experts, outline how EU institutions access the latest scientific advice, and how scientists can best communicate their expertise. The webinar will dive into how scientists can explain why specific issues matter and how to get policymakers to take action. Register for the event here.

The European Youth Event, 4-9 October 2021

The Parliament’s European Youth Event brings together thousands of young people from all over the European Union and beyond, to shape and share their ideas on the future of Europe. The European Youth Event targets those who are between 16 to 30 years old. It’s a great opportunity for Early Career Scientists to exchange their views with other experts, activists, influencers, and policymakers. You can read more about the event here.

What does the IPCC’s 6th Report tell us about the future?

The EGU’s monthly GeoPolicy blog dives into a different science for policy-related topics each month. It features specific policy-related opportunities, European policy processes, recent policy developments, and interviews with policymakers. Last month’s GeoPolicy Blog, What does the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report tell us about the future, gives a brief overview of the IPCC’s most recent report. It outlines the potential climate futures we could face along with some of the challenges that we’ll have to overcome.

If there’s a specific policy-related topic that you’d like to see explained on the GeoPolicy blog, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via policy@egu.eu.

The European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

The European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors is made up of seven Advisors who offer independent scientific evidence to inform policymaking. These advisors work closely with the Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium, which gathers expertise in engineering, humanities, medicine, natural and social sciences from over 100 academies and societies across Europe.

Together, these experts are known as the Scientific Advice Mechanism and produce a number of large overarching reports such as the one below

Strategic crisis management in the EU: Improving EU crisis prevention, preparedness, response and resilience

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors is in the process of developing recommendations for a crisis management framework that is coherent, comprehensive, cross-sectoral, and operational. These recommendations will draw on the best available cross-disciplinary evidence from a broad range of threats and crises, including those relating to health, climate, the environment, socioeconomics, and security. The resulting framework will be able to anticipate various major risks and crises, help to prevent them by addressing their root causes, and respond to them effectively when they do occur.
The scientific recommendations will be delivered by June 2022.

You can read the Science Advisory Mechanism’s Scoping Paper that outlines the key issues here.

Keep up to date with the Group of Chief Scientific Advisor’s activities

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors launched its newsletter last month with the aim of keeping scientists, policymakers, and members of the public up to date with their latest news, events, and publications. You can subscribe to this newsletter here to keep up with regular updates with activities, recommendations, and opportunities to engage with them!

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