• Posted 31-Aug-2016

EU and African Union strive to better integrate evidence into policymaking

For the first time, European and African scientists and policy makers are meeting to better understand the constraints and demands from both the scientific and the policymaking perspective and to develop together new skills in using evidence to inform policy.

This capacity building evidence and policy event focusing on water-energy-food security nexus is organised jointly by the EU and African Union (AU), together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and tοοk place at the JRC site, in Ispra, Italy, on 31 August – 2 September. The discussants addressed the challenges for policymaking in the water – energy – food security nexus, what evidence exists and what more is needed to address these challenges and how can policymakers and scientists tackle this together. 

Over the next two days some 100 participants did several highly interactive masterclasses. The topics were grouped around four broad themes: operating at the science-policy interface; providing and using evidence; techniques for co-creating policy, and stimulating effective dialogue; all with the objective of helping develop or improve skills and working practices in better integrating evidence into policy-making.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/eu-and-african-union-strive-better-integrate-evidence-policymaking