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The EGU is developing its engagement with science for policy activities on the European scale. ‘Policy’ is defined as a plan of action developed to assist in achieving a desired outcome. Unions, governments, organisations and companies all create policies to help them achieve certain goals. ‘Science for policy’ involves applying scientific knowledge to the decision-making process to strengthen the resulting policies. Opportunities for the EGU are available within this process to support EU policy development (this link gives a summary of the EU and its legislation process).

The EGU has a network of over 12,000 scientists who span many key scientific areas that can enhance the policy-making process. These topics include, but are not limited to, natural hazard protection, energy resources, climate change policy, soil science, and raw material sourcing. This website section provides a summary of the EGU policy resources available. Categories are separated into information for either scientists or policy workers.

Information for Scientists

The EGU has a range of resources aimed at informing scientists about the world of science policy.

  • Policy Basics: A selection of texts that explain key policy concepts and how scientists can effectively communicate their research to strengthen the policy process.
  • Getting Involved: Visit this webpage if you would like to learn more or get involved with European science for policy activities.

    EGU Database of Expertise: The EGU’s database of expertise allows its members to be updated with the current opportunities to share their scientific knowledge. Please register if you have an interest in policy and want to participate more in the science policy process.

  • Resources: This page highlights a range of information available online intended for scientists interested in policy and the organisations involved in the policy making process. The resources provide information for scientists at all stages of their academic career.
  • Science Policy Column on GeoLog: A regular science policy column (GeoPolicy) has been established on the EGU blog with the aim to inform on European policy and the scientists contributing to this process. Run by the EGU Policy Officer, the column will feature guest authors from both academia and policy.

Information for Policy Workers

The EGU is currently developing its activities to engage with and aid policy workers. We have an extensive network of scientific expertise from the Earth, space and planetary sciences.

  • For an overview of the policy-related issues that the EGU researches please read our “What the EGU can do for policy” factsheet (PDF, 58 kB).
  • The Policy-related Science webpage highlight the main EGU science areas of political interest. Topics include air pollution, climate, natural hazards, energy resources and raw materials.
  • If you require more information on any EGU science-policy issues please email the EGU Policy Officer Chloe Hill at