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Event: Conference: The “Ins and Outs” of Science: From Science to Policy and Back

Event date June 25, 2020 - June 26, 2020
Submission deadline April 15, 2020
Location The Netherlands
Host(s) University of Groningen
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We invite submissions to the following conference:

The “Ins and Outs” of Science: From Science to Policy and Back

When: June, 25-26, 2020

Where: University of Groningen, The Netherlands


Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen)

Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam)

Aurélien Goutsmedt (University of Paris)

Miles MacLeod (University of Twente)

Magdalena Malecka (University of Helsinki)

Marcel Timmer (Director of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and University of Groningen)

Cisca Wijmenga (Rector, University of Groningen)

Organizers: Chiara Lisciandra and Jan-Willem Romeijn


Research-based policy-making typically cuts across institutional and disciplinary boundaries. It requires scientists to go beyond their specific domains to create new knowledge; and also, to be able to communicate their findings and methods both to scientists from other disciplines and to non-academic partners such as policy-makers.


In this conference, we will focus on some of the main institutional and methodological aspects of research-based policy-making, and how they relate. We will consider both how scientific knowledge inform policy-making for policy purposes; and how science policy draws on scientific expertise to design science-policy measures.


Questions that we will address are, among others:

  • How does academic knowledge inform policy-makers?
  • Are the research goals that scientists pursue in academia suitable to policy purposes?
  • Do scientists and policymakers transfer their knowledge from one domain to another, or are “translators” needed along the way?
  • What is the role that evidence plays in informing (science) policy-making?
  • What are some of the main institutional challenges that research-based policy face?
  • Which science policy measures favor or interfere with research-based policy project outcomes?

We invite submissions of contributed papers. Submissions should contain a title, a short abstract of 100 words (copied in the body of the email) and an extended abstract of up to 500 words. The abstracts should be sent to the latest by April 15, 2020. Authors will be notified the latest by April 30, 2020. A limited number of submissions will be accepted for presentation.

Organizing institutions:

Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) of the University of Groningen

Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) of the University of Groningen

Sustainable Cooperation (SCOOP)

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