Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
 

The Workshop "Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making" will take place on 8 - 9 October 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland, organized 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

The dialogue between scientists and policy-makers is crucial to ensure that climate and environmental policies are based on sound scientific knowledge. Therefore, 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 and independent advice.

Communicating scientific information to policy-makers requires certain skills in translating the scientific information into information that can be understood by policy makers or non-scientists, as scientists and policy-makers very often speak different “languages”. This workshop aims to provide training to early career researchers to raise awareness of the need to communicate beyond the research community, to introduce new career paths for early career researchers outside academia and to lower “mental barriers” in the transition between politics and science.

The agenda will include invited introductory keynote presentations by both policy-makers and scientists experienced in knowledge transfer. Two breakout groups led by invited mentors will discuss specific elements of the science-policy-interface in more detail. 

The two-day workshop will be open for up to 30 participants. Invited to apply are Arctic research-focused PhD students and PostDocs from both natural and social sciences and early career Arctic indigenous researchers or knowledge holders

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Application Form

Application formApplications are now accepted for the workshop until 6 June 2019 at 13:00 GMT!

Please fill out the application form below. You will need to upload a max 3-page CV as part of the form. 

All applications will be evaluated by the workshop organizers and successful applicants will be notified in July if they have been accepted to the workshop. 

There is no registration fee for the workshop. Lunches will be provided on both workshop days by the organizers. Participants are expected to cover all other costs (accommodation, travel and food) themselves. Limited travel support is available as stated below. 

Travel support

The German Federal Foreign Office has generously provided some limited partial travel support for workshop participants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • affiliated with an institution in Germany; or
  • German citizens working abroad; or
  • Arctic indigenous researcher or knowledge holder

You can apply for travel support in the application form. If you do not meet the above criteria we are unfortunately unable to provide travel support for you. You are still welcome to participate in the workshop however with your own funds.

Preliminary Agenda

The agenda will include invited introductory keynote presentations by both policy-makers and scientists experienced in knowledge transfer. Two breakout groups led by invited mentors will discuss specific elements of the science-policy-interface in more detail.

  • Group 1 “From Science to Policy”: will focus on the communication of scientific findings to policy-makers. It will discuss approaches and methods to translate science to policy-relevant information.
  • Group 2 “From Policy to Science”: will look into the dialogue with policy-makers. The group will discuss procedures for scientists to identify policy-relevant questions and policy’s needs regarding objective and independent advice, as well as addressing those topics within the scientist’s research.

The two groups will work in parallel and switch topics on day 2 so that each participant will contribute to both groups. A more detailed agenda will be posted closer to the workshop. 

Confirmed speakers and mentors so far include:

  • Lilja Dögg Alfredsdottir - Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland
  • Henry Burgess - UK NERC Arctic Office, United Kingdom
  • Nicole Biebow - Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research / EU PolarNet, Germany
  • Tom Barry - Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Iceland
  • Allen Pope - International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Iceland
  • Halldór Þorgeirsson - Chair of the Icelandic Climate Council, former director for Strategy UNFCCC, Bonn

Organizing Committee

  • Volker Rachold (German Arctic Office / AWI)
  • Gerlis Fugmann (APECS / AWI)
  • Lisa Grosfeld (APECS / German Arctic Office / AWI)
  • Thorsteinn Gunnarsson (RANNIS)

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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