The interaction between policy makers, scientists and society is a crucial requirement for the development of policies on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. We often find that science and other forms of knowledge are not always used effectively in policy making. It is widely recognized that policy makers do not inform scientists of their needs and that, on the other hand, scientists do not always engage proactively in the policy process. Scientists tend to define research problems and develop solutions that may not be fully relevant to societal needs and this deficiency is also reflected in policy-making. We tend to imagine that communication follows a “linear pattern” when we think of the science-policy-society interface. This linear model is largely rare in reality, because the interactions between science, politics and society are complex and not simple. This session brings together representatives from prominent science-policy-society interfaces relevant to food security and nutrition to discuss how science-policy-society interactions work in practice. The session will highlight challenges and opportunities on how good interaction and excellent working relationships are key to successfully influencing or initiating change with the participation of policy makers, scientists and society.
Portsmouth Historical Society exhibition explores the power of picture books – MAINE ART SCENE MAGAZINE
(Portsmouth, NH) The Portsmouth Historical Society will host the first-ever exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary heritage of children’s books created in northern New England. Imagine that! The power of picture booksfeatures original artwork by over thirty illustrators, a book-making station, play space, toy theater and reading corner. The exhibition is open to the public every […]
Body “Birds of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains” will be presented to members and guests of the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society (HLBWS) on February 3, 2022. Presenter Mike Petrick says it will provide “an unscientific and sometimes humorous look at some of the birds seen in the Big Bend and Davis Mountains […]
Five doctoral students have been selected as new members of the Virginia Tech chapter of the National Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Graduate School will recognize Isil Anakok, Gabriela L. Carrillo, Anaid D. Shaver, Michelle White, and Johnny C. Woods Jr. during a tea party on Wednesday, March 23 from 3:30 p.m. to […]