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Good Advice for (Young) Science-Policy Advisors

Side event to SAPEA Conference 'Science Advice Under Pressure'

29 Apr. 2022

This event is an online side event to the major public conference 'Science Advice under Pressure', organised by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies). It is co-organised by the Marie Curie Alumni Association, Formas, and Science Europe.

About the event

The COVID Pandemic has brought science-policy advice to the forefront, making the importance of science-informed policy advice even more evident. Since the start of this crisis in 2019, politicians and policy makers were under high pressure and turned to scientific experts to better understand the challenge and make quick decisions in complex situations. Every country established different types of science-policy interfaces to have science-informed advice for decision-makers at all levels (national, regional and local governments as well as European and international ones).

This panel event will discuss 'lessons learnt' for researchers who may consider becoming science-policy advisors. Top experts and early career researchers will present their views and experiences on career perspectives for science-policy advisors, considering both individual skills, competencies, and training needed, as well as the possible professional paths and different organisations involved. A specific focus will be the nexus between scientific integrity and autonomy at personal and institutional levels.

About the panel

The panel will present and discuss advice for researchers interested in pursuing this career in a highly interactive way. The panellists will propose their one-line advice to be voted by the audience. Then the experts will explain each advice more in-depth, discussing the importance, rationale, and implications of these lessons learnt with the participants. In the end, the audience will have ten to twelve take-home messages on pursuing engagement in science-policy advice.

Panellists include:

  • Dr. Mostafa Moonir SHAWRAV, Former Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)
  • Dr. Véronique HALLOIN, Secretary General of the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS)
  • Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Władysław KUNDZEWICZ, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Dr. Mairéad O’DRISCOLL, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Research Board of Ireland (HRB)