Strengthening the quality of science - policy dialogue and regional cooperation in providing science advice to European policy makers and legislators

Volker ter MeulenProfessor, EASAC and Leopoldina

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Title of proposalStrengthening the quality of science - policy dialogue and regional cooperation in providing science advice to European policy makers and legislators
Summary (200 word max.)Although the scientific quality of European policy and legislation has much improved, there remains a perception that EU policy needs to take better account of current scientific knowledge and that there is an unacceptable lag between the emergence of new understandings and their incorporation into European legislation. This is seen in particular in the environmental field, where, for example, Europe has yet to make an effective response, for example, to the immensity of the challenge of climate change. The aim of this project is to improve the processes of science and policy dialogue between the academies/academy networks of Europe and policy makers and legislators within European institutions. The focus will be on inputs of science to policy rather than policy for science. A survey of practice in the particular case of environmental policy will highlight factors leading to success in dialogue and factors that impede it. From this, ideas about best practice will be developed and disseminated to Academies. It is expected that this will strengthen effectiveness and cooperation within the European regional networks, and in particular the weaker academies with limited policy advice profile amongst their governments. In the longer term, it is anticipated that more effective science and policy dialogue will improve the quality and timeliness of EU environmental legislation. The best practice discussion will be fed back into IAP for wider regional dissemination.
Key words (8 words max.)Science Policy Dialogue; Regional Cooperation; Science Advice
Project duration1 year
Partners(other IAP members and other organization)Other regional networks Royal Society (London, UK) Leopoldina (Halle, Germany)
Requested budget (US$) (max. US$ 50,000)40,000
Budget Breakdown (max. 6 lines)Survey of European Academies on practice in science and policy dialogue $10,000 Workshop to review experience of processes of dialogue across EASAC and other European regional academy networks $10,000 Publication of report including best practice guidance $5000 Costs to cover secretariat and T&S for participant academies $15,000
Have you received IAP funding before? (YES NO)YES
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