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Mapping Science-For-Policy Ecosystems In Europe And GermanyEnvHist4P webinars: Environmental History Meets Public Policy -

Online meeting
Working groups


Date: 22 March  – 21 June 2022
Format: A series of training webinars ending with a hybrid stakeholder debate.


The International Panel on Environmental History & Policy (EnvHist4P) is a global network of interdisciplinary scientists researching the relationship between past societies and their environmental history.

We are concerned in particular with past societal responses and adaptations to environmental stress, especially climatic change and epidemics. Our focus is on the Late Holocene, that is the last 3,000 years, the most recent period of human history, during which the first complex modern civilisations and economic systems emerged, leading into socio-economic globalisation, the Industrial Revolution and the onset of the Anthropocene.

Since at least the 1960s, environmental historians have been amassing evidence and gaining insights into past human interactions with climate and the ecosystems we formed part of over the course of history, from antiquity to the present day.


Our learn-and-debate series is intended to facilitate and give momentum to this process. We will provide the environmental history community with the basic understanding of the ways by which science and policy interact, in particular in the European context, helping individuals and groups to engage in the policy making process.

Who should attend?

Our series is designed to offer knowledge that is necessary to step out of the academic silo and engage with stakeholders in the policy world. We therefore invite any scientists or humanists who feel this practical knowledge might be useful for their own policy outreach activities to join us and participate.


Through a series of practical workshops and roundtable discussions, participants will be introduced to different policy actors and the process of policy engagement will be demystified. Channels for engagement will be explored, and researchers will leave equipped with the tools and practical skill-set to actively bridge their research and the policy community. The climax of our series is a hybrid event in Berlin, which will feature lightning talks on possible policy lessons by invited environmental historians, and a feedback debate with policy stakeholders.


This series is a collaboration between the academic collectives Historians for Future, Climate Change and History Research Inititative and the International Advisory Panel on Environmental History and Policy, supported by the Centre for Grand Strategy at King’s College London, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.

Session details

31 May 2022: 15:00 (CET)
Mapping Science-For-Policy Ecosystems In Europe And Germany
Irene Broer, Leibnitz Institute for Media Research – Hans Bredow Institute, Germany

How does scientific expertise make its way into policy decisions? In this webinar, we present and compare existing science-for-policy mechanisms in Europe, before taking a deep-dive into Germany’s multilevel ecosystem. The participants will gain insight into different types of science-for-policy mechanisms ranging from ad-hoc crisis teams to formalized and long-term advisory bodies.

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14 June 2022: 15:00 (CET)
Environmental History & Policy: Learning From Past Pandemics And Climate Crises
Live event in Berlin with hybrid participation

Lightning talks by environmental historians: Eleonora Rohland (Uni Bielefeld), Gerrit Schenk (TU Darmstadt), Martin Bauch (GWZO Leipzig), Adam Izdebski (MPI SHH Jena)

Stakeholder debate with the participation of (among others):

Jürg Luterbacher, Director for Science & Innovation, World Meteorological Organisation, United Nations
Mirjam Shabafrouz, Federal Agency for Civic Education (BPB), Germany

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21 June 2022: 15:00 (CET)

Closing Discussion Among Webinar Participants
Chair: Adam Izdebski, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany

At this additional informal online meeting, we would like to create space for the participants to share their feedback on the series and ideas for possible future activities.

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