Almost every policy decision, regardless of the country or government
level, has a scientific component to it. Science can help policymakers to
more accurately assess the benefits and potential consequences of different
policy pathways. To help promote a culture of evidence-informed policymaking
and encourage stronger science-policy partnerships, the EGU sponsors an
annual science-policy pairing scheme.
The scheme offers selected Europe-based EGU members the opportunity to
gain insights into the policymaking process and the types of information
policymakers need while at the same time providing policymakers with access
to scientific expertise. As part of the scheme, selected EGU members
will visit Brussels and work alongside a Member of the European Parliament
(MEP) who has volunteered to participate in this scheme. All expenses will be
covered by the EGU. The dates and specific activities that will take place
during the pairing scheme will be determined by each MEP’s needs, the area of
expertise of the selected scientist and the participants’ availability.
Below you will find the EGU’s past and future pairing schemes. If you
require any additional information, please contact the EGU Policy Manager
Chloe Hill via
This year, the EGU will sponsor two scientists to work alongside a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for up to a week inside the European Parliament in November 2023. Daniele la Cecilia will be paired with MEPMartin Hojsík and Stelios Karozis will be paired with MEPPetros Kokkalis.
The 2022 iteration of the EGU Science-Policy Pairing Scheme was hosted in November with Norbert Lins, an MEP representing Germany and the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and EGU member, Elias Symeonakis.
The EGU’s 2020/21 pairing scheme paired Renée Bichler, EGU member and German Aerospace Center PhD Candidate, with Maria Spyraki, an MEP representing Greece and the Group of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament. Due to COVID restrictions, the 2020/21 pairing scheme was hosted virtually.
The EGU’s first science-policy pairing scheme paired EGU member Solmaz Mohadjer, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen, with Finnish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.