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EKLIPSE is teaming up with the Danish Board of Technology to organise an exciting course for researchers and others hoping to diversify their ways of science communications and increase the impact and outreach of their research to wider audiences. The course is free of charge and held in Jyväskylä, Finland prior to the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology on June 11th. The course is titled “3.Interplays of science, policy and society for planetary wellbeing: meaningful science communication and outreach on European scale.”


Organizers: Marie Louise Jørgensen & Bjørn Bedsted (the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Denmark), and the EKLIPSE project, Riikka Paloniemi & Liisa Varumo (Finnish Environment Institute, Finland)

Description: To create meaningful interplays between science, society and policy different means and channels of communication and outreach need to be explored. This holds especially true for the environmental sector where the issues often is of a global nature and the range of stakeholders wide, and thus requires diverse approaches. It is not merely a matter of successfully communicating scientific knowledge but also hearing, integrating and disseminating the voices of other knowledge holders.

Europe has a broad and diverse landscape of knowledge holders across academia and other domains, working at multiple levels, from the local, sub-national and national level, where most biodiversity relevant decisions are taken, to the European level, where major framework decisions like the Nature Directives or the Common Agriculture Policy are formulated. It is widely acknowledged that issues regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services are complex and often depend on a multitude of drivers, pressures and societal responses, requiring a broad array of knowledge from different stakeholders to understand and address them. Communication has moved from informing to involving and asking. Discovering diverse ways of expressing, framing and communicating topics has the ability to make these complex issues more transparent and understandable for a wider public thus promoting participation in the discussions and strengthening the legitimacy of them. Not only the “how”, but also the “when” and “where” of communicating research is important when the stakeholders vary. From traditional written and face-to-face approaches to a multitude of virtual means of dissemination the tools for scientific communication are growing, but finding the appropriate ones also becomes more challenging. 


The course will in an interactive manner build capacities for researchers and science communicators to design and implement meaningful science-society-policy interplays in their work. The course will be a mix of presentations, joint reflections in plenary and hands-on group exercise. This includes presentations of current praxis and state of the art, interesting cases for inspiration, how to design a process (what, why, who, when, and how). Followed by a group exercise where the participants in smaller groups develop a draft plan for how to implement an example case of science-society-policy interaction. The results will be presented in Plenary, and a joint reflection on key aspects and learnings will follow.

This course aims to cover a variety of elements related to the science-policy-society interactions of biodiversity and ecosystem issues drawing on practical experiences, building the capacity of researchers for meaningful outreach and give them novel ideas on the topic.

Location: University campus
Minimum/maximum number of participants: 15/50 participants


Preliminary programme:

  • Strengthening interplays of science, Policy and Society (Bjørn Bedsted, DBT)
  • The diversity of possible approaches for interplays (Marie Louise Jørgensen, DBT)
  • Presentations on cases of science-policy-society interplays/interfaces (World Wide Views on Biodiversity  by Bjørn Bedsted, DBT, EKLIPSE online science cafes by Liisa Varumo, further cases (TBA)
  • Designing an engagement or science communication process  (Marie Louise Jørgensen, DBT)
  • Training exercise in small groups – designing a science-society-policy interplay
  • Plenary presentations and joint reflections

More information about registration available on the ECCB website:



About the Danish Board of Technology:

The DBT has for more than 30 years developed and implemented methods of public engagement in R&I and policy-making at local, national, and international level. We work continuously to improve the interaction between science, society and policy-making through multi-actor approaches, stakeholder engagement, citizens’ consultations, policy dialogues etc. We are at the forefront of praxis in the domain of stakeholder and citizen consultation, connected to policy analysis and advice and R&I. 

Last edited: 26.02.2018 11:52 (GMT) - by Liisa Varumo
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