At CÚRAM, we define Science Advocacy as ‘Active support of science, informing policy audiences about our science and engaging with the policymaking process.’
The ultimate goal of the Science Advocacy Training programme is to inspire and empower our research community to advocate for their science with decision-makers at wider institutional and governmental levels.
The interrelated objectives of the programme are as follows:
To educate our researchers on science policy development and appreciate the role they can play in influencing science policy
To increase understanding and awareness of the lifecycle of policymaking and political structures in Ireland and internationally
To support our researchers in effectively and efficiently advocating for their research to policy audiences
To build relationships and create dialogue between our researchers and policymakers, local and national government bodies and funders
The Science Advocacy Training programme at CÚRAM has been developed through interdisciplinary collaboration between CÚRAM, the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre within ILAS (Institute for Lifecourse and Society), the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway and Newcastle University.
The project team have developed a White Paper on Science Advocacy in the Irish Medical Device Research Field, which was launched in September 2022. Recommendations emanating from this white paper have informed the development and direction of the Science Advocacy programme to date.
In 2022, CÚRAM facilitated a number of science advocacy events for researchers and policy audiences, with a variety of events planned for 2023-2024. These events are designed specifically for the CÚRAM scientific community but will be of benefit to all researchers, highlighting how research can inform and influence policy in Ireland and the EU, and the practical steps individual scientists can take to effectively engage in the policymaking process.
For more information on the Science Advocacy Training initiative and upcoming events, contact Claire.Riordan@universityofgalway.ie