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Special joint CIRES - INSTAAR seminar: The art of communicating science to decision makers

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Jan Marco Müller

Policy Officer for International Relations, European Commission's Joint Research Centre


CIRES Auditorium


Watch the seminar via a live webcast.


A reception will be held in CIRES 340 starting at 11:30.


Whereas in the past newspapers published once a day “all the news that’s fit to print,” nowadays news is produced 24/7, is available globally and can be published by any citizen. This puts scientists in a tough competition for attention: research not communicated is research not done. Few scientists are trained in dealing with the media as science communication is not a compulsory subject in university education. Grabbing the attention of decision-makers is even more difficult as science competes with many other interest groups and scientific evidence is not always easy to communicate. The lecture will give an introduction to these mechanisms and provide practical guidance on how to communicate science to decision-makers, including subjects that rarely hit the headlines.


German Jan Marco Müller, a policy officer for international relations in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels, is currently a visiting sabbatical fellow at CIRES. He served from 2012-2014 as Assistant to Professor Dame Anne Glover, then the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. Müller's research background is in geography; since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Marburg (Germany), he has worked in several prominent environmental research centers including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research(UFZ) in Leipzig (Germany), the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology(CEH) in Wallingford (Oxfordshire), and the Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra (Italy), which is one of the seven Institutes constituting the JRC, the European Commission's in-house science service. Müller helped found the Partnership for European Environmental Research(PEER), the network of Europe's largest environmental research centres, which he served as Secretary in the first three years.


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Free and open to the public.