Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

1st Joint JRC-IIASA Summer School on Evidence and Policy

Date: 02 September 2015 - 04 September 2015
Location: IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), will hold a three-day Summer School bringing together scientists and policymakers to learn how to better use evidence for policy making.

In order for students to have a common basis of knowledge upon which to build science-policy competencies, this year students from among those conducting research and developing policy in the field of energy, including its links to climate and air quality, are invited to apply.

The first day of the school will include high-level policymakers and scientists, including some from the Alpbach Laxenburg Group, who will share their knowledge with the students. The other two days will focus on developing students' skills in the use of evidence to develop policy. It will comprise of masterclasses on topics like the roles of scientists and policymakers; evidence and the wider considerations of policymaking; use of modelling; addressing uncertainty, risk and hazard; communication; foresight; and big data. Working in small groups, students will also be required to identify what new evidence is needed in order to address a policy challenge and to present this as a poster. In advance of the Summer School, students are required to produce another poster outlining their work to then present on the first day.

We are looking for a total of 20 young scientists from across the EU. Applicants should submit their details, along with a 200 word motivation statement outlining how their work in the field of energy is relevant to the evidence-policy nexus and why they would benefit from attending the Summer School, to The deadline for applications is 5th June 2015. Selection will be made on the basis of the motivation statement and in order to have a representative distribution from across the EU.

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