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 timely and accessible resources about the legislative process in the UK, EU and globally, 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.

Policy Guides will be constructed primarily from interviews with experts and practitioners working in relevant fields, and backed by thorough research of policy documentation. The guides will also undergo a robust review process to ensure clarity, neutrality, quality and consistency.

Content will be developed by British Ecological Society (BES) members, supported by staff, offering opportunities for scientists to develop their policy knowledge and communication skills whilst extending links with policymakers.

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.