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Science & Policy Workbooks

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The workbooks are aimed at researchers in the life sciences who want to communicate their research findings to policymakers. Educators can use it as a learning resource to promote life sciences education at the intersection of science and policy.

Workbook series: Engaging in the Science-Policy Dialogue

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Paschke, M. and A. Pfisterer (2019). Collective inquiry. With contributions by: 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.

Weiterführende Informationen

Science & Policy PhD Program