Seminar and training workshop: Towards bridging science and decision-making
While the production of new knowledge remains a corner stone of the academic landscape, a rapidly growing task of scientific community is providing advice to the local and national governments. This challenge calls for further elaboration of the options, best practices and mechanisms of advice in the contemporary society that is oversaturated by information.
To meet this challenge, the Estonian Academy of Sciences and the Foresight Centre, a think tank at the Riigikogu (the Parliament of Estonia), organise jointly a seminar and a training workshop Towards bridging science and decision-making
in Tallinn on 31 January–02 February 2019 in the frame-work of the action Science meets Parliaments – Science meets Regions launched by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC).
The intention is to provide theoretical framework, share experience from policy-makers and offer opportunity for hands-on training on how to convert science into advice for policy, and how to deal with such advice from a “science for policy” perspective. To do so, high-level politicians, experts in cognitive studies and communication, and top scientists engaged in various advice mechanisms are invited as lecturers; professional instructors in presentation skills are engaged as trainers.
Scientists, science administrators, policy-makers, government and city officers, experts from industry, and representatives of the public who are (or are willing to be) involved in various advisory efforts are equally welcome to this event from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The intention is to provide them with information about the functioning of science advice channels and training in the use of the proper means to convert science into policy advice.
Timetable (updated 29.01.2019)
Preliminary programme and background information
22-23 October 2018, the Academy held a conference Advisory Role of Academies in the Information-Rich Society
The conference marked the 80th anniversary of the Estonian Academy of Sciences as well as the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.
The message of science was presented, among others, by Prof Sierd Cloetingh
and Prof Antonio Loprieno
. Dr Katrien Maes
communicated the position of research universities. The comments on how excellent science is converted into advice by high-level experts at the EC Science Advice Mechanism (SAM) Dr Johannes Klumpers
and Prof Janusz Bujnicki
were complemented by an insight into problems that are faced by academies in other parts of the world, presented by Prof Jorge Huete
.The viewpoint of science advice recipients was exemplified by top level decision-makers, such as Dr Robert-Jan Smits
and Prof Marju Lauristin
Examples of best practice, provided by representatives of Estonian universities, ministries, etc., were followed by panel discussions.
For further details please refer to the programme
On 26-27 June 2018, the Academy hosted the 4th meeting of ESAF
ESAF is an independent, informal assembly of European science-based strategic policy advisers, nominated by the EU Member States’ govern-ments. Estonia is represented by President of the Academy Tarmo Soomere.
The guest speaker at the first evening get-together was a former Vice President of the European Commission Siim Kallas. The second day programme comprised an invited talk by Member of the Academy Maarja Kruusmaa on the topic “IT technology and society in Estonia: the lessons learned and yet to come”. Also attending were representatives of the European Commission.
On 20 April 2018, the Annual Meeting
and an accompanying conference "The History of Thought in Estonia
" were held at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu to mark the very first General Assembly meeting of the newly founded Academy on 20 April 1938 in the University of Tartu Council Hall.
A special maximum postcard dedicated to that event, was issued by the Estonian national postal service.
On 17 April 2018, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) together with the Estonian Parliament (Foresight Centre) and the Academy of Sciences organised an event on securing tomorrow's energy.
A regional approach to an open and integrated electricity and gas market in the Baltic Sea region was discussed In light of the Baltic Energy Markets Interconnector Plan. Click here
to see the programme and background information.
On 31 January 2018, the Academy started on a series of events marking the 80th anniversary of its founding with a festive meeting "Academy and Society
" at the Estonian Parliament building and an official reception at the Academy House.
On 5 January 2018, young Estonian researchers from all over the world gathered at the Academy House for their second joint conference, this time under the title "Greatest Challenges in the 21st Century
Initiated by young Estonian researchers abroad, it was organised jointly with the Estonian Academy of Sciences and the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences.
More details (in Estonian): http://noorteadlased.ee/
On 9-10 October 2017 the Academy hosted an international conference on the marine environment.
The conference "From Small Scales to Large Scales"
brought together environmental conservation and environmental awareness experts from three countries bordering the Gulf of Finland – Finland, Estonia and Russia.
For more details please refer to the schedule
, program and abstracts
The event has received funding from the Estonian Environmental Investment Centre.
On 12 September 2017 the Academy hosted the first Endel Lippmaa Memorial Lecture
given by Nobel Laureate Kurt Wüthrich
(born 1938; Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002). The lecture was preceded by the conferral of the Endel Lippmaa Memorial Medal on Professor Wüthrich by President of the Academy Tarmo Soomere.
Overview of all awards conferred by the Academy is available here
For background information (in Estonian) to the lecture, photos and video of the event, click here
On 31 May 2017, the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences
(EYAS) was established at the initiative of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. EYAS is an independent organisation representing the voices and interests of young scientists and scholars in Estonia.
24-26 May 2017, the Estonian Academy of Sciences hosted the EASAC Council meeting
The European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is formed by the national science academies of the EU Member States. It was founded in 2001. Through EASAC, the academies work together to provide independent, expert, evidence-based advice about the scientific aspects of public policy to those who make or influence policy within the European institutions.The Council is EASAC's full assembly and governing body. It meets every 6 months, usually at the Academy of the EU member state which is in line to take over the EU's Presidency six months later.
PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH
ESTONIAN CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH. FOCUS. AIMS. PERSPECTIVES. 2012. ISBN 978-9949-9203-4-1
RESEARCH IN ESTONIA. PRESENT AND FUTURE. 2011. ISBN 978-9949-92003-1-0