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Building the capacity of EU early career marine researchers to operate effectively at the science-policy-society interface

Time: 17th to 20th June 2018 
Location: Lošinj, Croatia

The ecological goods and services provided by the world's oceans are critical to human well-being and prosperity. However, the sustainable management of these resources remains a significant challenge. Embedded within large, complex socio-ecological systems and facing uncertain and unpredictable threats, such as those associated with climate change and population growth, successfully protecting marine resources requires the integration of science into policy to support evidence-informed decision-making.

Dr Prue Addison discusses the role of science in decision-makingDespite widespread efforts to improve the integration of marine science into policy and practice around the world, the practicalities of how to successfully achieve this remains elusive to many environmental scientists. This is particularly true for early career researchers (ECRs). Evidence indicates that while influencing policy is an important goal for many ECRs, they often lack the skills to understand the complexities of policy processes, or are inadequately trained in how to engage with decision-makers.

To this end, the Network of Early Career Scientists of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project, together with the EU project EKLIPSE and the MarCons COST Action, held a workshop to equip EU-based early career marine scientists with the practical knowledge, skills and tools that are needed to operate more effectively at the science-policy-society interface.

Lectures enabled workshop participants to develop a strong theoretical and applied understanding of the science-policy-society interface as it relates to the management of coastal and marine resources in Europe and elsewhere. 

Below you can access selected inputs presented during the workshop:

Dr Chris Cvitanovic – Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Improving knowledge exchange between scientists and decision-makers

Dr Prue Addison - University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

The role of science in evidence-informed management

Dr Peter Mackelworth - University of Primorska, Slovenia and Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation.

Social dimensions of conservation

Dr Marie Löf –Baltic Eye Project, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Institutional innovations to support knowledge exchange

Dr Albert Norström – Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden.

Producing usable marine science

Dr Zoi Konstantinou - Faculty of Science, University of Porto, Portugal.

The project EKLIPSE

You can learn more about the lecturers of the workshop, as well as the participants and the structure of the event by downloading the information booklet.