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Think2030 Dialogue Spain – Session focus

Science for policy – How to engage with policy makers?

The Equinox Summit, convened by the Belgian Climate Minister and State Secretary for Research in March 2023, highlighted the fundamental roles of science in informing actions to address the causes and consequences of climate change. It recognised the unique roles of the IPCC in providing authoritative assessments of scientific information and recognized at the same time commended European scientific leadership due to strategic and sustained investments in research and systematic observation systems. Those research investments are carried out by European countries individually as well as collectively via EU funding mechanisms. The Summit, which was attended by politicians, top climate scientists and programme leaders, pointed to the need to accelerate the transfer of knowledge from science and innovation to support policy and implementation of actions. It noted that Europe can enhance its return it is strategic investments by focusing on key question and shared challenges, including achievement of climate neutrality, climate resilience and social and economic management transition and transformation. However, new European systems and structures are required to enable this to happen.

In a joint declaration signed by 12 countries, JPI Climate has been requested to respond to this challenge and provide a way forward for Europe to do this.

These issues will be explored at the session including how to focus on actionable knowledge, working with existing bodies and systems, and enhancing the shared returns from research investments.

The panel discussion to be facilitated by JPI Climate will provide insights from scientists of leading knowledge institutions as well as from key actors in climate at the European science-policy-interface.

Moderated by:
Frank McGovern, JPI Climate Vice Chair for the Equinox Process

Myles Allen, Oxford Martin Programme on Post Carbon Transition
Samantha Burgess, Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
Elena Lopéz Gunn, Member of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change (ESABCC)
Etienne Hannon, Belgium Climate Center (BCC)
Nadia Pinardi, European Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise
Martijn Pakker, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Find out more about the event and register here.

The Think2030 Dialogue Spain is organised by IEEPBC3 and Elcano Institute, in association with the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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