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Science-for-Policy

Science-for-Policy

One of the important ways in which science can contribute to the realization of societal goals is through the production of Science-for-Policy advice. In each of our two countries, the Academy of Science is the prime institution to provide government and society with scientific arguments for policy decisions. On a wider scale regional cooperative platforms of Science Academies are increasingly playing a similar role. Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) a network of science academies has recently been established in the European Union there are a number of organisations representing science, such as the European Academies of Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the Federation of All European Academies (ALLEA), and the International Council for Science (ICSU) which have produced advisory reports.

In this session we want to address the political context and the process of communicating and positioning the advice in the media. To this end, scientific institutions aiming to produce Science-for-Policy advice will present their strategy regarding selection of topics, targeting policy makers and communicating their reports. Two science journalists, one from Indonesia and one from The Netherlands, will be invited to comment on these strategies from their professional perspective. They will also be asked to reflect on the session “Did Society Benefit” of Day One and the “Discussion and Dispute” session of Day Two.