Barriers and Enablers in Information Transfer at the Science-Policy Interface

The transfer of research information from providers to users is essential for management operations and decision-making. More specifically, users of information such as policy-makers and managers often use evidence from different sources to inform their decisions about local and global problems. It is important to highlight that different types of knowledge exist as well. For […]

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Challenges and Benefits of Public Consultations as Advisory Processes

Stakeholder engagement in evidence-based policy and decision making is an important multifaceted advisory process, which is characterized by several challenges relating to information management. In complex areas such as public health or the environment, effective decision-making involves commitment from policymakers to understand the subject in question holistically as well as be aware that policies affect […]

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Making Science Communication Personal: New EIUI Study Investigates Strategies for Encouraging Conversations between the Public and Scientists through Social Media

In this post, Curtis Martin, an EIUI team member, reports on his Master of Marine Management research about the strategies that individual scientists and marine non-governmental organization communicators use to engage the public in conversations about scientific subjects. The internet and social media have dramatically changed the way we communicate with one another today. More […]

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Communication Pathways and Models: Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy

Effective research communication between scientists and policy-makers is becoming an increasingly important subject to consider when tackling some of the world’s most wicked problems. On one hand, scientists must become comfortable with translating their work into information products that can be used beyond scientific circles and understood by laypeople. On the other, policy-makers should attempt […]

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An Introduction to the Science-Policy Interface Concept: What, Why, and How

Today, policy-making is often complex; policy-makers must contend with many different stakeholders and their often-conflicting interests. The rise of evidence-based policy-making over the past quarter century has further complicated policy-making, because policy makers must be aware of and are pressured to use the vast array of scientific and other research information available for informing policy. […]

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“Drivers of Change in Gulf of Maine Ecosystems”: Highlights of the 2018 RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM), a group that annually sponsors a one-day gathering of marine scientists, science managers, and fisheries managers from around the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, held its 2018 meeting in Portland, Maine, on 26 October 2018. As in previous years, the EIUI research […]

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Closing the Gap: Translating Information into Policy – Key Observations Drawn Primarily from the Health Sector

Understanding the relationship between research, information, and policy can be challenging. In the health sector, for example, the inter-relationship among the three can be particularly informative for exploring interactions between information and policy development. Discoveries from this area can be applicable to other fields. Traditionally, health was defined narrowly as being attributed to sickness or […]

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Scientists Talking to the Public: A One-Way Conversation? — Public Lecture, 4 February 2019

Scientists have been communicators as long as there has been discoveries about the world and the universe beyond. Today, scientific research can be instrumental for resolving major issues locally and globally. Seeking solutions to these problems is the responsibility of everyone: the public, governments, as well as researchers. Thus, communication about research is essential. But, […]

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Bill C-69—Highlights of the Proposed New Impact Assessment Act: Public Lecture, 4 February 2019

Bill C-69 (currently before Canada’s Senate) has been much in the news, generating both strong support and strong opposition from different sectors of Canadian society. EIUI is co-sponsoring this public lecture, which will provide an overview of main elements of the Act, including its features such as early planning, sustainability criteria; broadened scope for positive […]

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Deep Ties: New EIUI Study Investigates the Connection between People and Marine Environments in Ocean Planning and Policy

A new Environmental Information: Use and Influence study suggests that social values tied to the ocean are under-represented in the valuation of marine ecosystems, and proposes a public perceptions frame work to gauge place-based attachments in coastal planning and policy decision processes.  Simon Ryder-Burbidge, an EIUI team member and a recent graduate of the Master […]

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