Science & Policy Workbooks

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The workbooks are targeted to researchers in life science who wish 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.

Available Workbooks

  1. Evidence-based policymaking, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000308533,
  2. Stakeholder engagement
  3. Communicating science through the media, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000314920,
  4. Risk and uncertainty communication
  5. Building models & scenarios
  6. Building political support, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000312492,
  7. Generating impact chains, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000315536,
  8. Collective inquiry, DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000315545,


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.