In two articles published in September 2015 the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) reports on its efforts to enhance collaboration between scientists and policy makers. On September 7, 2015 JRC and the University of Cambridge, UK, signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ to pursue cooperation in the development of practices for using scientific evidence to inform policy making. “All the best science in the world without translation into policy really is of no practical value in the world of tomorrow,” said the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Further, on September 15, 2015 JRC organized a meeting between European scientists and members of the European and national parliaments. The aim of the event was to improve the culture of evidence-informed policy making and to highlight the importance of science. Topics discussed included e.g. the circular economy, resource efficiency, and carbon capture.
JRC (September 7, 2015). “Cambridge University and JRC join efforts on better use of evidence for policy making.”
JRC (September 15, 2015). “Science meets Parliaments – enhancing collaboration between scientists and policy-makers.”