Task 1.4

Evidence-based policy guidance

The challenges caused by the ongoing and anticipated changes in the Polar Regions, together with political, socio-economic and environmental processes, demand an effective delivery and use of science-based information. Guidance, briefings and recommendations resulting from the project will be formulated and transmitted in a way which enables rapid and appropriate responses to questions raised by public and private decision makers.

This task will therefore establish at the outset of the project an Advisory Panel of Experts consisting of both scientists and stakeholders to prepare and contribute to policy relevant advice at national and European level. This Advisory Panel will support the European international commitments in the Polar Regions, such as its relationship to the Arctic Council, the Montreal Protocol, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). It will provide fast responses as required to the European Commission and national public and private decision makers to address any urgent needs and demands for scientific advice.

Task 1.4 will also inform European (e.g. European Commission, JPI Climate, JPI Oceans) and international (Belmont Forum) funding bodies about the results of the science-stakeholder interaction. By providing strategic advice and recommendations, e.g. on their research programme development, funding of future actions in the Polar Regions will be made in a more coordinated, targeted and more (cost)effective way.

This task will be carried out by the Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board with the support of German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), who can bring their long experience in providing policy guidance into this work. The Panel will have a rolling membership drawn from the broad EU-PolarNet community and will be able to call on additional members to address specific queries if necessary.


This task will focus on:

  • Implementing an Advisory Panel consisting of high-level experts to give policy advice on request at national or EU level.

  • Giving explicit and politically implementable recommendations on requests.

  • Pro-actively translating the outcome of the science / stakeholder dialogue into policy briefings for political actors, research funders, researchers and other stakeholders.

Work Package lead

Nicole Biebow
Project Manager EU-PolarNet
Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI)
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Bremerhaven, Germany
Tel.: (+49) 4714/831-1011
Email: nicole.biebow@awi.de

Task leads