Promoting Collaborative, Policy-Relevant Science: Learning from Fulbright

Friday, February 15, 2013: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
The complex and changing nature of science is driving new models for research. Grand challenges in areas such as health, energy, and the environment require collaboration across national borders and disciplinary boundaries. At the same time, scientists are increasingly being asked to demonstrate the social relevance of their research. The result is a growing demand for research that is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and policy relevant. This in turn creates a need for new cohorts of researchers and institutions that work at the interface of science and policy. In 2011, the Fulbright Foundation launched a new program to promote research that links science and society in innovative ways. The goal of the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is to foster collaborative and multidisciplinary research to address challenging issues across the Western Hemisphere. This symposium brings together Fulbrighters from several countries throughout the Americas to discuss their experiences after a year of sustained research and policy engagement. Expanding beyond the traditional boundaries of scientific research, scholars engaged stakeholders and policy-makers to develop new forms of collaborative research. This panel will review the experiences of the program's first cohort and provide insights into new modes of research, how to bridge the science-policy interface, and potential models for promoting collaborative, policy-relevant science.
Patrick Feng, University of Calgary
Dan Kammen, University of California
Dan Kammen, University of California
Daniel M. Kammen, University of California, Berkeley
Building Linkages Between Science and Policy
M. Eugenia 'Jenny' Verdaguer, U.S. Department of State
Spurring Collaborative Research: An Institutional Perspective
Rodrigo Patiño, Cinvestav-Unidad Mérida
Influence of Local Context on Energy Policy and Innovation
Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology
Fostering Collaborative and Policy-Relevant Science: Lessons from Fulbright
Patrick Feng, University of Calgary
Re-Imagining the Science-Policy Interface
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