Focusing on how scientific evidence and advice can help address complex challenges in the field of energy policy, the session will be centred on a multi-disciplinary and multi-perspective dialogue via an innovative, interactive design. The aim is to practically demonstrate the need for interdisciplinary knowledge (sociology, economics, behavioural science, engineering, geosciences, etc.) to inform policy, the varying starting points and approaches of these disciplines, and the challenge of integrating them to become useful for policymakers.
A brief reflection on how complex policy challenges require interdisciplinary scientific advice and input, and what questions energy policymakers concretely grapple with, will set the scene for the session. Invited scientists from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, and anyone from the audience who wants to join in, will have the opportunity to share ideas on how the complex policy questions posed to research communities can be answered in an interdisciplinary manner and how processes of multidisciplinary dialogue and integration can be organised. Policymakers involved in institutional design at the science-policy interface will then close the session by drawing lessons from the fishbowl interventions.
This event is taking place as part of the 2021 international conference on science advice to governments, organised by INGSA. With the title Build back wiser: Knowledge, policy and publics in dialogue, the event will bring together more than a hundred speakers across four days. Registration is free. Find out more at www.ingsa.org/ingsa2021.