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Seminar on Knowledge transfer for sustainable Arctic decision making


Date: Wednesday, 15th of January 2020, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Venue: GFZ Campus Telegrafenberg Potsdam, Building H, Lecture Hall

Organizers:Henry Burgess (NERC Arctic Office) and Volker Rachold (AWI German Arctic Office)

Keynote Speaker:Malgorzata Smieszek, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland


  • Martin Weiß, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Christine Kelly, Polar Regions Department, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Lisa Grosfeld, German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Climate and environmental policies must be based on sound scientific knowledge. Thus, the dialogue between scientists and policy-makers is crucial and the knowledge transfer from science to policy plays an important role in modern science. At the same time, the questions that are asked by policy-makers have to be brought back to the scientific community for the further development of meaningful research projects and outcomes. This seminar will focus on the communication of scientific findings to policy-makers and the dialogue between scientists and policy-makers that is required to identify policy needs and policy-relevant questions. The session will be opened with a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion including scientists and policy-makers from Germany and the UK.