Policy Guides

How can scientists engage with policy? Help us develop our new Policy Guides

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We are committed to making the best scientific evidence accessible to decision-makers. However, policymaking processes are rarely straightforward, and scientists can struggle to know when and how to effectively communicate their knowledge.

Policy Guides will provide an accessible resource about the legislative and policy formulation processes across the UK and internationally, as well as targeted information on topical policies. We aim to improve communication between members and policymakers, increase the impact of ecological research and support evidence-informed policymaking.

Policy Guides will consist of Core Guides (stand-alone publications providing explanations of key institutions and processes) and Focus Guides (Shorter notes focusing on upcoming legislative issues) which will be supplemented by online content such as video and written interviews, guest blog posts and discussions.

Content will be developed by members, supported by staff and experts from the relevant fields. The Policy Guides will offer opportunities for scientists to develop their policy knowledge and communication skills whilst extending links with policymakers. The guides will also undergo a robust review process to ensure clarity, neutrality, quality and consistency.

We’re looking for BES members to contribute to this new project. Contact Camilla Morrison-Bell, Senior Policy Officer to get involved, or download more information below.