ThinkForest Webinar: Role of Science in Supporting Policymaking: A Post COVID World

This ThinkForest webinar will take place on May 20th, 2021 at 9:30 am UTC+2. ThinkForest is a high-level science-policy forum that brings together policymakers, the scientific community, and stakeholders to build bridges on pan-European forest and bioeconomy issues. Join to hear more about how science and policy are interlinked, and how this is affecting forest-related issues. 

Politicians, media, and the public are increasingly demanding evidence-based information to inform policymaking on complex issues such as climate change and biodiversity. However, there is an increasing amount of scientific information available. The decision-maker needs scientists and science-based intermediary organizations that can critically evaluate and synthesize scientific information in a format that is easily accessible while not simplistic. Yet, what is sometimes puzzling for the decision-makers and general public, is that scientists do not necessarily agree on their messages. Sometimes exactly the opposite implications are drawn, for example, on forest-related issues.

At the main panel discussion on the role of science in policy support, moderated by Marc Palahí, Director at the European Forest Institute, you will have the opportunity to listen to:

  • Tuula Packalen, Director-General, Natural Resources Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
  • Gillian Petrokofsky, Associate, Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab, University of Oxford
  • Janez Potočnik, ThinkForest President
  • Jim Skea, Co-Chair, Working Group III, IPCC

This ThinkForest event will discuss:

  • How can we ensure that the best available science translates into sound EU policies? What are the golden rules for a successful science-policy interface?
  • Which mechanisms are available for science support? What are some good examples of existing processes? (e.g., IPCC)?
  • How the European Commission will engage the science community in the development of the post-2020 EU Forest Strategy?

More information and registration here!