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EU policy news

This section summarises recent EU policy news and opportunities that are relevant to geoscientists. It includes recently passed legislation, EU funding opportunities and EU Commission consultations.

If you would like to inform others about an EU geoscience-relevant news item or opportunity that is not listed below, please forward the details to the EGU’s Policy Manager, Chloe Hill via policy@egu.eu.

Current news

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An analysis of the science-advisory ecosystem in Portugal

  • 6 April 2022

A recent report on Portugal’s science-advisory ecosystem has been published by the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre as part of their series on “Strengthening and connecting science for policy eco-systems in Europe”. The key challenges identified in Portugal’s system include recognising the benefits of science advice, the promotion of a science and policymaking dialogue, moving from personal trust to building institutional trust, stimulating academic engagement, and increasing transparency.


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New Podcast: INGSA Horizons

  • 1 April 2022

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched the new podcast INGSA Horizons to host great conversations at the intersection between science, policy and society! You can listen to individual episodes as they explore the critical space between science ad policy.


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An analysis of Greece’s science for policy ecosystem

  • 15 March 2022

A recent report on Greece’s science-advisory ecosystem has been published by the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre as part of their series on “Strengthening and connecting science for policy eco-systems in Europe”. The study identifies a plethora of institutions that provide scientific input towards policymakers while also outlining certain challenges with respect to their impact. It was found that policymakers are hesitant to follow advice coming from impersonal scientific organisations and opt to trust personal advisers and experts within their partisan network. Finally, the analysis provides advice in view of mitigating this phenomenon; it proposes the co-creation of policies while also urging policymakers and experts to engage more constructively and establish permanent communication channels.


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Joint Research Centre’s Science for Policy Competence Framework for researchers.

  • General policy news
  • 8 February 2022

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has recently launched the Competence Framework ‘Science for Policy’ for researchers. This Framework outlines the different competencies that research organisations need to effectively work at the science-policy interface. It unpacks the collective set of skills, knowledge, and attitudes desired at four different proficiency levels. It’s hoped that organisations can use this framework to see where their strengths and skill gaps are!


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Strengthening and connecting science for policy eco-systems in Europe

  • 1 October 2021

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre will be holding a workshop series on “Strengthening and connecting science for policy eco-systems in Europe” until late 2022. The objectives of this workshop series are to map the science for policy mechanisms used by the different EU Member States and gain insights into how they might be strengthened. They also aim to connect professionals and researchers who have an interest and/or expertise in evidence for policy mechanisms on a national level.

Science for Policy Newsletter archive

Readers can access all previous issues of the Science for Policy newsletter from the archive below.

Science for Policy Newsletter - May 2022
Science for Policy Newsletter
May 2022
Science for Policy Newsletter - April 2022
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April 2022
Science for Policy Newsletter - March 2022
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March 2022
Science for Policy Newsletter - February 2022
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February 2022
Science for Policy Newsletter - January 2022
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January 2022
Science for Policy Newsletter - December 2021
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December 2021
Science for Policy Newsletter - November 2021
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November 2021
Science for Policy Newsletter - October 2021
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October 2021
Science for Policy Newsletter - September 2021
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Science for Policy Newsletter - August 2021
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Science for Policy Newsletter - June 2021
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Science for Policy Newsletter - April 2021
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