Episode 4 ─ Going to Parliament: Advising Policy Makers

As scientists, we want to make discoveries that benefit society and people. To make a societal difference, we need our research findings to become or influence governmental law and policy. Therefore, we need to reach policy makers. However, translating research findings into meaningful and understandable context for policymakers is challenging. Furthermore, the language they use and their motivations are vastly different from what we in science are used to. So how do scientists communicate scientific advice to politicians? And is influencing politics even on the scientific radar?

Listen as postdocs within the field of diabetes and an expert discuss the challenges and solutions within this topic.

SCOPI Board: The Science Communication for health Policy Implementation (SCOPI) Board is the solution proposed by the challenge group to create an accessible, transparent and open communication platform to connect scientists and policy makers. In the podcast episode, the group provides the details of the board composition and responsibilities.

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  • Linn Gillberg, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Christopher Lewis, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


  • Hans Jørn Kolmos, Professor and Chair of Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark; has served on the Danish National Antibiotic Council at Ministry of Health


  • Gretchen Repasky, Communications Director, Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine and University of Helsinki

The postdocs represent the challenge group of

  • Fannie Lajeunesse-Trempe, Postdoc, Laval University, Canada

  • Jori Aalders, Postdoc, Steno Diabetes Center Odense, Denmark

  • Marina Agueda, PhD Student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Omar Silverman, Postdoc, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Denmark


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