Current Science and Policy Workshops

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Spring 2024

  • Analysis and Communication of Risks and Uncertainties
  • Understanding Policy Evaluation

Fall 2024

  • Communicating Science
  • Evidence-based policymaking

Course Overview


Systems Thinking and Design for Social Change and in Policymaking (Part of PhD Program in Science and Policy)

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Lecturers: Melanie Paschke, ETHZ, Tobias Luthe, ETHZ, Laura Ferrarello, EPFL, Anais Sagaesser, scaling4good & innosuisse, Swen Bos, Empa

Learn how systems thinking can inform, model and impact policymaking. Society, scientists, and policymakers have to deal with wicked problems that can be assessed and solved only if seen in a systems context. In several modules that combine theory and hands-on workshops, we will move from system analysis to guidance in transforming social practices and policymaking. Participants will get to know a toolbox of techniques used in system mapping and system design. The course is designed as a series of half-day workshops with different experts and different tools. Participants are asked to bring their own problems and cases.

Further information will follow soon.