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What is science policy and how can scientists communicate with policy officials?
Convener: Sarah Connors 
Tue, 25 Apr, 10:30–12:00

One way to improve the impact of your scientific research is to engage with policy. Doing so can create new opportunities for yourself and your research. The main challenges are knowing when and how to effectively communicate scientific results. If the timing or communication method is wrong then the results are less likely to be incorporated into the policy process.
Many areas of scientific research are policy relevant. These areas include but are not limited to: natural hazards; climate change; air quality; natural resources (land, minerals, raw materials, water etc.); energy production and storage.
In the times of Brexit and Trump, where facts are disregarded and experts disdained, now more than ever scientists need to effectively communicate their results to policy officials.
In this session, invited speakers will introduce the policy process, how science supports this, and what are the best practices to effectively communicate research to policy officials. There will be an opportunity for discussion through a Q&A session after the presentations and an exercise to improve your own science communication will also feature.
Please bring a pen and paper to this session.
This session is open to all EGU scientific divisions for scientists at all stages of their career.
If you are interested in this session please also consider attending the ‘Working at the science-policy interface – Meet the experts’ short course.

Public information: Presentations will be by Sarah Connors Former EGU Science Policy Officer, now Science Officer at the IPCC) and Luca Montanarella (Senior Expert at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre). The session will be chaired by Sam Illingworth (Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, Manchester Metropolitan University).