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UFZ Science Policy Interface Seminar Series

ALTER-Net partners are invited to participate in a series of Science Policy Interface (SPI) seminars hosted by UFZ on February 13th, March 11th and March 18th 2019. This seminar series aims to emphasize what SPI work consists of: its role, added values, and the challenges inherent to it. The seminars will also demonstrate how, when, and where to get involved at the SPI and to collect ideas on what and how to improve the SPI work of UFZ.

Who should attend those seminars? Everyone who would like to hear more about how research can make a difference!

The first seminar (February 13th – 9am – 12:30pm) will bring more understanding of the SPI work; and UFZ has invited many well-known SPI experts for this purpose. A panel discussion, chaired by a professional facilitator Estelle Balian (FE-AL - Facilitation for Environmental Action & Learning), will be held after the talks in which Joseph Settele (UFZ) and Carsten Nesshoever(now SRU) will join all the following keynote speakers for a lively discussion on the challenges at the Science Policy Interface.

-          Roger Pielke Jr. - Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) at University of Colorado Boulder

-          Thomas KoetzIPBES - Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

-          Juliette YoungCentre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH, UK (SPIRAL and EKLIPSE Project)

-          Allan WattALTER-Net - A Long Term Ecological Research-Network (SPIRAL and EKLIPSE Project)

This first seminar will be live streamed in all the 25 ALTER-Net institutions (link will be communicated late January). This seminar will take place on 13 February from 9:00am-12:30pm.

The second seminar (March 11th) will focus on the many success stories of the SPI work at the UFZ and the final seminar (March 18th) will be a combination of training on how to make research more policy relevant and the writing of a UFZ strategy for SPI work in the future. This last seminar will be facilitated by a professional trainer.

Don’t forget to register and join us on February 13th, March 11th and March 18th.