Improving communication between researchers and policy-makers for a higher impact

Camino Liquete, DG Environment, European Commission, @ “knowledge sharing event” by the MED Biodiversity Protection Community, 24-25 October 2017, Barcelona, Catalonia - Spain.

“From the scientific perspective, I think more time has to be invested in communicating the results, it’s not only reaching the final scientific results and publishing it in peer-reviewed publications. It is not the end of the road, so one step further should be translating those results into some practical advice for decision-makers.  

The main gaps that we can see between science and policy-making for instance is that the timelines for work and for getting results are very different. So science for policy support should be more ready to provide information when this is needed so I guess that scientists have to decide if they want to produce their traditional way of developing knowledge and enlarging knowledge with this long-term and very detailed analysis or if they want to react to the management needs.

So if you want to support either a local marine protected area manager or a European policy-maker, you have to be ready to provide your information at the time that is needed.

They produce huge amounts of information and usually for the decision-maker it is not easy to go through all this information so they need somebody really to digest and translate this information into some understandable measures for improving the management.

There are several ways of getting fundings, and I think that nowadays in all the projects, grants, contracts, that researchers can get or even consultants, communication is a key task. The relevance of your results will be much bigger, the relevance of all your research will be much bigger if you are able to translate into actual management actions.”

watch the interview here