Raising awareness and building capacity
for science-based policy-making
The knowledge transfer from science to policy plays a major role in modern science and will be even more important in the future. Exposing researchers to the science-policy-interface is particularly important in an early career stage to develop an understanding of the tools and processes involved and a natural collaboration beyond science. Policy needs scientists who have consolidated knowledge and give objective, independent and target-oriented advice. Communicating scientific information to policymakers requires certain skills in translating the scientific information into information that can be understood by policymakers or nonscientists, as scientists and policymakers very often speak different “languages”. [...]
The workshop “Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making” was organized in October 2019 by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the German Arctic Office of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the Icelandic Center for Research (RANNIS), in cooperation with the German Embassy in Reykjavik and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It aimed to provide training to early career researchers in science-policy communication. A workshop report is now available - answering the questions "How to define and reach your audience?", "How to translate your message?" and "How to design science to address stakeholder‘s/societal needs?"