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Led by Ben Boteler and Matt Gianni, with input from Luise von Pogrell, David Johnson and Vikki Gunn, this workshop provided information on the importance of “translating” scientific findings to policy and regulatory action. We discussed the various means and methods of identifying the scientific information that policy-makers and regulators are likely to find relevant and the means by which to effectively interject the information into regulatory processes. We also discussed a number of such processes, for example regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) in the Atlantic that regulate bottom fisheries for their impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the current negotiations at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to develop regulations needed to protect and preserve the marine environment from the harmful effects of mining activities. ‘Real world’ examples from these and other organisations demonstrated on how science has been used to inform the debates and negotiations regarding conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment.
|10:00 – 10:30||Welcome and introduction|
10:30 – 11:30
(inc. coffee break)
Presentations and discussion: International Ocean Governance/ current challenges and opportunities to bringing science to policymakers
Speaker: Matthew Gianni
Speaker: David Johnson
|11:30 – 11:45||Coffee break|
|11:45 – 12:30|
Presentations and discussion:
|12:30 – 13:30||Lunch break|
|14:00 – 15:30|
Group work: translating scientific research into practice
Group discussions with a focus on deep-sea research and bringing scientific research to the attention of policy makers. Facilitated by Ben Boteler.
Session 1: Creating a science pitch – convince policy makers that your work is important (individual work)
Presentation: Science to policy: challenges and opportunities – David Johnson
Session 2: Pathways to policy – bringing your science to where it is needed (group work)
|15:30 – 15:50||Coffee break|
|15:50 – 16:20||Reporting back to plenary & closing discussion|
|16:20 – 16:30||Personal reflections and development of take-home messages|
Please contact the iAtlantic Project Office: i-Atlantic@ed.ac.uk