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The conservation science/policy interface: challenges and opportunities

16 April, 2015


Good communication between policy makers and scientists is a crucial requirement for developing policies that cost-effectively achieve measurable outcomes in conservation. Yet science and other forms of knowledge are not used effectively in policymaking; and policymakers do not always effectively inform scientists about their needs for scientific knowledge. Why is this so?

One of the biggest misconceptions when thinking about the science-policy interface is that science policy communication follows a ‘linear model’, which assumes that policy makers pose questions, and then scientists feed in the appropriate evidence so that policy makers can make well informed decisions. This type of situation is largely uncommon, as science and policy are both complex activities that are not straightforward in their approaches to solving problems.

This event will bring together ecologists, conservation practitioners and policy-makers to discuss case-studies showing how science – policy interactions work in practice. Experts who work at the interface between science and policy will show, through a series of presentations, how good communication and excellent working relationships are crucial to successfully influencing or initiating change. Our speakers and interactive discussions will also explore the cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary approaches required to address biodiversity loss and ecosystem service degradation.

Organised by Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London and Ceri Margerison, British Ecological Society

Confirmed speakers:

  • Rosie Woodroffe, Zoological Society of London
  • Helen Bayliss, Bangor University
  • Sarah Durant, Zoological Society of London
  • Peter Brotherton, Natural England
  • Jonathan Wentworth, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology
  • Abigail Bunker, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Rob Doubleday, Director the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Tickets are £10 for students, as well as Members and Fellows of ZSL. Full price tickets are £20.


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