Early career scientist involvement in science-policy interfaces

A recent post at INNGE's blog highlights the potential role early career scientists can play in science-policy work. The recent post by Philip Donkersley follow's up on INNGE's previous involvement in the EU FP7 project BiodiversityKnowledge, exploring a mechanism for a European science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Below is a short excerpt, read the full post here.

INNGE was recently requested to attend the final in a series of conferences on a prototype Network of Knowledge (NoK) being developed and tested by the European Commission and previously featured on the INNGE blog.The conference brought together representatives from science, policy and private sectors to discuss the recently published White Paper for the BiodiversityKnowledge NoK.


INNGE’s potential input into the BiodiversityKnowledge seemed greatly anticipated by all involved. Birgit de Boissezon (Head of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources within the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation) had said that:

“BiodiversityKnowledge needs a self-sustaining mechanism of knowledge management, INNGE is greatly appreciated in this case because they represent the next generation of researchers who will have input into the system and sustain it in the future” 

 This is certainly an uplifting statement for all early-career ecologists and points to an exciting future for a European Biodiversity Science-Policy Interface and for INNGE.