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ACUNS Annual Meeting
23-25 June 2022
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June 24, 15:00 - 16:30 CEST
Hybrid - Room S8 & Online

Connecting Science and Policy to Tackle Global Challenges: The Role of Boundary-Spanners

  • Education
  • Governance
  • Health
  • International Institutions
  • International Law
  • Partnerships
  • Sustainable Development

As COVID-19 and climate change have shown, science is crucial to inform global policymaking related to wicked problems -from framing issues and setting agendas to generating evidence to inform policy options and assess the solutions implemented. The contribution of science to global governance is critical and institutional arrangements to facilitate this relationship have increased over the past few years. However, science-policy engagement is mainly a social process that involves individuals navigating often complex science-policy ecosystems. These individuals deploy a set of skills, knowledge and practical experience to establish productive interaction across boundaries, often with limited resources. Who are those science-policy boundary-spanners? Where do they operate? What challenges do they face and what does success look like for them? Is there a need to better support this field of practice and how? This session will shed light on the specific practice of science-policy boundary-spanning by showcasing and discussing three examples of practice in this field, from both academia and policy, and all related to the UN system, and motivating reflections among the audience.


  • Geneva Science Policy Interface
  • Speakers

    • 2022 06 14 Maxime Stauffer
      Maxime Stauffer
      Geneva Science-Policy Interface (Switzerland) and the Simon Institute for Longterm Governance (Switzerland)
    • Profile Marie McAuliffe
      Marie McAuliffe
      International Organization for Migration (Switzerland)
    • 2022 06 14 Felix
      Felix Kirchmeier
      The Geneva Academy Human Rights Platform (Switzerland)
    • 2022 06 15 Aku Kwamie
      Aku Kwamie
      World Health Organization (Switzerland)
  • Chair

    • 2022 06 15 Nicolas Seidler
      Nicolas Seidler
      University of Geneva and Geneva Science-Policy Interface (GSPI) (Switzerland)