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Bridging the gap between science and policy

Outcomes of the recent IIASA-JRC Evidence-for-Policy Summer School.

  • Posted on: 08.09.2018
  • Austria

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The IIASA-JRC Evidence-for-Policy Summer School took place from 5 to 7 September 2018 at IIASA in Laxenburg near Vienna. The event with a focus on “Science, Policy and Demography: The role of population and migration for sustainable development in the European neighborhood” was jointly organised by IIASA and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), in collaboration with the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and the Global Young Academy. The event was held under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science, and Research, and the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs.

A full review is available at IIASA website

Under the theme “Science, policy, and demography: The role of population and migration for sustainable development in the European neighborhood”, the summer school provided an opportunity for researchers and policymakers to get a glimpse into each other’s professional worlds and together develop skills in using evidence for creating informed policy solutions.

As part of the Summer School program, 12 masterclasses were running in parallel throughout day two and day three of the event. Each participant could select five preferred masterclasses to attend. The masterclass sessions on day two were followed by a lecture on the use of big data in migration policymaking and an interesting discussion with scientists who are/have themselves been refugees or migrants, while on day three they were preceded by a key note lecture delivered by Nakicenovic on “Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The 2018 Summer School has provided a rare opportunity for participants from the science and policy arenas to gain new insights into how the other side operates. In addition, participants have gained access to a large network of likeminded professionals working in the field of migration and demography, as well as to a global community of practice, where they can in future exchange resources and expertise to contribute to evidence based policymaking.


S&T field/scope: General | Affilation and Pillar: Policy Dialogue | Geographical focus: Danube Region, EU Member States