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Open Access Science-policy boundary work by early-stage researchers: Recommendations for teaching, internships and knowledge transfer

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Establishing mechanisms for involving scientists in policymaking for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a long-term requirement. The Zurich-Basel PhD program Science and Policy involves early-stage scientists in science-policy boundary work through internships and co-supervision at academic and policy institutions. In a Delphi study, students reported to have acquired new skill sets for science-policy dialogue. However, challenges remain, including the lack of time for policy work during a PhD project or the different incentive systems in academia and policy.

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Keywords: Delphi study; curriculum; evaluation; internships; policy training for early-stage researchers; science-policy PhD program; science-policy boundary work; transdisciplinary teaching

Document Type: Communications

Publication date: October 18, 2019

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