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Communicating Science to Policy Makers

Workshop: Communicating Science to Policy Makers

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:30 AM - Sunday, May 12, 2019, 5:30 PM

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By

Science Alliance

The New York Academy of Sciences

 

Communicating science to policy makers is a skill that scientists will apply at some point in their careers. The ability to effectively communicate science is necessary in reviewing grant proposals for scientific projects and crafting science project solicitations, to advising regulators and policy makers in many issues that affect society. As researchers, the expertise you offer also plays a major role in shaping policy both locally and internationally, affecting issues such as climate change and access to water.

This two-day in-person workshop will cover three areas:

• Policy for Science (research funding)

• Science for Policy (use of scientific evidence in policy)

• Science Diplomacy (role of science in international policy issues)

The workshop will be employ a role-playing approach, where participants will be broken up into groups to tackle a case study for each of the three areas. Participants will exercise the communication and interpersonal skills necessary to navigate common obstacles at the science-policy interface.

Workshop objectives:

1. Understand the importance of science in policy settings.

2. Understand the challenges policy-makers experience in balancing facts and values.

3. Practice verbal communication and interpersonal skills applicable to a policy setting.

4. Learn how to ensure the relevance of scientific information in domestic and international policy contexts.

5. Develop interpretative tools to meaningfully contribute to science policy debates.

6. Identify opportunities in science policy as a researcher.

Registration

Member
By 04/21/2019
$65
After 04/21/2019
$75
Nonmember
By 04/21/2019
$130
After 04/21/2019
$150
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
By 04/21/2019
$130
After 04/21/2019
$150
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow
By 04/21/2019
$65
After 04/21/2019
$75

Organizer

Alejandro De La Puente
Alejandro de la Puente, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences

Instructor

Alessandro Allegra
Alessandro Allegra

University College London

Saturday

May 11, 2019

8:30 AM

Check-in and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions by the Organizers and the Facilitator

9:30 AM

Tour De Table and Participants Introductions

10:00 AM

Introductory Reflections: What Is My Interest in Science Policy? What Do I Want to Get Out of This Workshop?

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM

An Introduction to the Science Policy Interface: Concepts, Challenges, And Key Skills.

12:00 PM

Q&A

12:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM

Role-play Exercise 1 – Policy for Science: Why Should the Government Fund Science?

3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:45 PM

Debriefing on Exercise 1

4:30 PM

Debriefing on the Day

5:30 PM

Optional Informal Networking/Social Activity

Sunday

May 12, 2019

8:30 AM

Check-in and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Recap and Reflections on Day 1

9:30 AM

Role-play Exercise 2 - Science for Policy: a Case Study of the Role of Scientific, Ethical, and Political Considerations in Domestic Policymaking

11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:45 AM

Debriefing on Exercise 2

12:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM

Role-play Exercise 3 - Science Diplomacy: A Case Study of the Role of Scientific, Ethical, and Political Considerations in Transnational Policymaking

3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:45 PM

Debriefing on Exercise 3

4:30 PM

Reflections on Lessons Learned During the Workshop