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Eco-systems of science for policy - Zooming in on particular science for policy element across EU

Evidence is provided to policymakers from various types of institutions across the EU. This has – once again – become visible during the Covid-19 pandemic where advisory councils, chief science advisors and medical officers, government research institutes, national academies and research associations all fed into the policymaking process and public debates.

The structures and mechanisms listed below and featuring in the workshop series offer a glimpse of the diversity of institutions involved:

  • Chief Scientific Advisor & European Science Advisors Forum
  • Scientific Council for Government Policy
  • Science advisors in national ministries
  • Government plan for analysis, assessment, and research in support of decision making
  • Science for Parliament
  • Public Research Institutes and Universities
  • National Academies
  • Regional science for policy system
  • Science for Cities
  • Science in citizen assemblies
  • Knowledge brokering platform
  • School of public administration

"Single element" workshops will bring together policymakers and practitioners working on or at a particular science for policy mechanism from across Europe.


Register online for the workshop series.

Workshop mode

The virtual "single element" workshops, scheduled for a duration of 2.5 hours, will be guided by the following questions:

  • In which Member State does the science for policy mechanism exist? How does it work?
  • What does it deliver (and not) in different countries? Why (not)? How is it connected to other science for policy mechanisms?
  • What needs to/could be done to enhance its efficacy? Any ideas/projects?

These workshops will be discussed in a mix of break-out groups and plenary discussions, aiming to exchange views from across Europe on best practice, enabling and impeding factors in relation to a single science for policy mechanism.


  • 8 Sept 2020 "Science for policymaking at the centre of national government"
  • 7 October 2020 "Science for policymaking in Parliaments"
  • 4 November 2020 "Science for policymaking by national academies"
  • 2 December 2020 "Science for policymaking by Public Research Institutes and Universities"
  • March 2021 "Science for policymaking in regions and cities"
  • October 2021 "Science for policymaking: institutionalising knowledge brokerage"