Pitch you Transformation: Science to Policy Training: Increasing Policy Impact for Transformation

Past Event
17 January 2022 15:15 (GMT)
17 January 2022 16:15 (GMT)



This session runs with: MOTION Handbook: Tools for Transformative System Change; and A model for the transformation of the learning environments of the public schools of the city of Bogotá for science, technology and innovation.

Each project will have 10 minutes pitch with 30 minutes of Q&A. 

While the importance of science for policy making is often highlighted, particularly early-career researchers often lack an understanding of the real world policy process, the role of science in policy making and the skills needed to engage with policy makers. Without such capabilities, potentially transformative ideas and research risk slipping through the cracks without making an impact.

Against this background, science to policy training is a capacity-building intervention that aims at improving early career researcher’s skills and expertise to meaningfully engage with and shape innovation policy. As such, it aims to increase the transformative potential of early-career researchers’ output by improving and communicating the relevance of their research and thus impact real-world policy processes. By providing junior scholars with a fundamental understanding of policy processes and the role of science from a practitioners point-of-view, we aim to help them define and strengthen their role and contribution to transformative innovation policy processes.

Ref: #16 (Runs with 15, 44)

Conceptualisation of innovation for transformative change
Capacity building


Christoph Brodnik
Development and support of the TIP Knowledge Community and Resource Lab
Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium
Christoph Brodnik (MSc, MBA, PhD, male), is an independent consultant and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Christoph has an environmental science and natural resource management background and has recently worked on mission-oriented research and innovation policy and programs with a focus on portfolios and systems-change. Christoph also works with policy makers and practitioners conducting policy analysis and strategy development for transformation-oriented initiatives.
Lasse Bundgaard
Lasse Bundgaard has carried out his PhD at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. His PhD was supervised by professor Susana Borrás and investigated the development of Smart City solutions. Specifically exploring the outcomes of Public-Private Innovation Partnerships involved in developing urban solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and increased urbanization. Currently, Lasse is a post-doctoral researcher at Université Gustave Eiffel in Paris, where he studies Transformative Innovation Policy at city-level as part of a project attached to LISIS (Labotoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés). The project studies the emergence of Transformative Innovation Policies at the city level, developing a novel framework to analyze local policy processes that underpin cities’ efforts to become environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Michael J. Bernstein
Michael J. Bernstein is a scientist at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University. He applies descriptive and participatory social science research methods to align research and innovation with long-term societal interests, like sustainability. Michael currently focuses on ethical assessment of new and emerging technologies for the EC-funded TechEthos project. In addition, he is developing foresight and strategic planning tools to support business innovation for social value (The Global KAITEKI Center, Arizona State University). From 2017-2019 he served as a work-package leader of an EC-funded project to assess and advance responsible research and innovation across European R&I funding (NewHoRRIzon). He has supported transdisciplinary urban sustainability (GLOCULL); staffed a participatory Technology Assessment (pTA) to inform U.S. Department of Energy decision-making about siting nuclear waste (ECAST); and evaluated science policy STEM education programs (SOtL). Michael has experience collaborating with formal and informal science and engineering educators, researchers, policy makers, businesses, and civil society organizations at local, national, and international levels. He has contributed to policy and evaluation initiatives on climate preparedness, resilience, and adaptation for the U.S. White House Council on Environmental Quality and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.