Bridging the science-policy interface in Wales

The British Ecological Society’s Wales Policy Group has been set up with the aim of bringing scientists and policymakers together to discuss environmental policy in Wales.

Black mountains Wales Nr Talgarth showing Pen y Fan in the distance Les Haines

Early discussions have suggested that the group could be used to promote the use of ecological knowledge in policy making, and create links between policymakers and researchers to provide robust ecological evidence for policy and decision making.

This lunchtime event, hosted by Cardiff University, is being run to help the Wales Policy Group gather thoughts and suggestions on how best to achieve our aim. Participants will be supplied with a light lunch and an opportunity to network but first they are going to be asked to participate in some roundtable discussions.

After an initial introduction, we will be discussing and gathering input to the following questions:

  • What role should the BES Wales Policy Group play in supporting improved collaboration between ecologists and policymakers in Wales?
  • What format should the Wales Policy Group take to ensure it is beneficial and effective across Wales?
  • What are the main barriers in engaging policymakers and the academic community in Wales?
  • What topics and issues would you like to see the Wales Policy Group cover?

All participants will have the opportunity to feed in their thoughts on each of these four questions. The notes gathered during the roundtable discussions will be written up and shared with participants and used to inform the way the Wales Policy Group will operate in the future.

The event is free but space is limited so registration is essential.


If you are unable to attend the event but would like to feed in your thoughts to any of the listed questions, then please email Camilla Morrison-Bell (BES Senior Policy Officer) directly.