Science policy is becoming a highly applicable and highly appreciated area of practice. Dr. Keith Yamamoto, the vice chancellor for science policy and strategy at UCSF, describes science policy work as, “any pronouncement… on science education, practice, ethics, communication, application, or social impact”. With the climate change, increasing population and other challenges to life on earth, the scientific evidence based decision making is becoming more and more relevant.
Establishment of science policy processes is also important in determining the budgets for communities regardless of the economic standing of the country. Data and measurement are important aspects in strengthening the bridge between science and policy. This includes data generation, storage, protection, sharing, citation, and utilization, the accessibility, management of resources and standards, and accurate interpretation. Furthermore, experimentation with metrics based on new tools and data, and implementing innovative ways of using existing data to provide insights into emerging areas of policy interests is required in all sciences. Intellectual property rights create an interface between other policy concerns like traditional knowledge, institutional research, health and economics and therefore, play an integral part in science policy decisions.
Currently the science policy is mostly dominated by lawyers and politicians. Although they are capable of formulating and communicating policy, most of them do not have a background in science. Therefore, they have a little ability to capture the changing climate in science. Without capturing the changes in science (which in some fields are quite rapid) the policy decisions they make would not be optimum. Few scientific establishments have already recognized this requirement however, the focus on the developing countries and many processes is still inadequate. Therefore, SciencePolicy circle wishes to strengthen science policy linkage mechanisms and engage practitioners to generate knowledge and take action in communities. The science-policy interface has also become increasingly important within the UN system. It provides the foundation for evidence-informed policies, facilitates the use of science, technology, and innovation (STI) as enablers in the implementation and review, and provides a scientific lens into monitoring impact.