Science & Policy Workbooks

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The workbooks are targeted to researchers in life science wishing to communicate research findings to policymakers. Educators can use them as a learning resource to advance education in life sciences at the science-policy interface.

Workbook series: Engaging in the Science-Policy Dialogue

edited by Melanie Paschke and Manuela Dahinden, Zurich: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, include:


Beuttler, C., Paschke, M. (2020). Risk and uncertainty communication. In: Paschke,
M., Dahinden, M. (eds.): Engaging in the Science-Policy Dialogue, Workbook 4.
Zurich: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.


Paschke M., Pfisterer A. (2019). Evidence-based policy making. With contributions of: McNally, K., Herrendörfer, R., Hirschi, C., Last, L. Pauli, D., Studer, B. and J. Schubert.


Hemmati, M. (2020). Stakeholder engagement. With contribution of: Maier, B.


Pfisterer, A., Paschke, M. and J. Pasotti (2019). Communication science through the media.


Bütitikofer, S. (2019). Building political support. With contributions of: Falk, M., Last, L., Neu, U., Paschke, M., Pavageau, C. and C. Rey.


Paschke, M. and S. Studer (2019). Generating impact chains. With contribution of: K. McNally.


Paschke, M. and A. Pfisterer (2019). Collective inquiry. With contributions of: Backhaus, J., Carteret, R., Huppenbauer, M., McNally, K., Reynolds, M., Wallimann- Helmer, I.


Printed workbooks can be ordered for CHF 20 per workbook at

Flyer (PDF, 1 MB) to workbook series


Engaging in the science-policy dialogue means that scientific knowledge is used to generate options for policies. These options need to be embedded in acceptance and decision processes that are democratically legitimated by society.

We emphasize a participatory approach to policymaking, where scientists aim to generate evidence and knowledge in productive partnership with other stakeholders and the public, thus, providing information for debate and contributing their part to recognizing the problem, and formulating, implementing and assessing of policy scenarios.