Evidence Informed Policy Making Seminar: Water-Energy-Food-Health 9-11 December 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

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The complex and multi-dimensional challenges of water, energy, food security and health and their interrelationships remain at the very heart of both scientific and policy making attention in Africa. The Evidence Informed Policy Making: Water-Energy-Food-Health seminar will enable both scientists and policy makers from Africa to better understand demands and constraints from both perspectives, as well as enable them to develop new skills required in evidence-informed policy making.

Call for Master Classes

We are interested in your proposal of a Master Class (in relation to seminar's thematic areas) where specific, as well as general, skills and tools for increased dialogue and up-take of scientific data in policy making would be developed for both policy makers and scientists.

The overview of your Master Class should be presented using the template provided (max. one page only please). Ideally your proposal should also include the indication of Master Class facilitator and cofacilitator. Please note that specific attention should be given to identification and inclusion of excellent African (co)facilitators. 

All proposals will be reviewed by the Steering Committee in charge for the preparation of the seminar. If selected, your proposal will be shared with all other Master Class facilitators, as well as with the participants who will be requested to select the five Master Classes they wish to attend.

Please note also that we will ask the facilitator to run the Master Class up to five times, each time with a different cohort of participants (maximum 15 participants per session) comprising of both scientists and policy makers. Each Master Class will have duration of 120 minutes.

In preparing your Master Class proposal, please note that we are looking for a highly participative activity (e.g. role-playing, case studies, active debate) that will engage both scientists and policy makers. It should be seen as a training exercise in techniques in the use of evidence for policy and not a presentation of work related to the theme. The material for the Master Class therefore needs to be tailored both to those seeking to supply evidence and those seeking to procure or use evidence. In essence we want the participants to do the work of addressing the issue at the science-policy interface and bringing in their thematic scientific and policy making perspectives. We would thus ask that you keep any introductory statements to a minimum (we suggest a max. of 10mins) and consider from the outset what skills and outcomes you wish to impart to the participants. 

Clearly within 120 minutes, neither scientists nor policymakers can become fully skilled in the techniques you would teach. The aim is to provide a practical hands-on taster of these skills or techniques, with the aim that the participants have the confidence and motivation to consider using these techniques in future and the necessary information to take the first steps.

Who is this Evidence Informed Policy Making seminar for?

African early to mid-career policymakers and scientists with the following characteristics:

  • With at least 2 years of work experience within the themes of water, energy, food security or health;  Interested in how to use scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking;
  • Has an active interest in interdisciplinary working to solve global problems;
  • Working primarily in Africa or on Africa related issues with African partners;
  • Being proficient in English and committed to participate for the whole duration of the seminar.


  • Develop knowledge on how to use scientific evidence to inform policy-making;
  • Scientists will learn how to better communicate and visualise research results to address policy needs; how to target relevant policy makers, understand the policy cycle and influence the policy making process;
  • Policymakers will learn how to use research to support policy, which scientific evidence is relevant to their field, where to find it and how to interpret it, and how to communicate with researchers;
  • New insights on how 'the other side' operates;
  • Becoming part of the professional network of scientific researchers and policy makers to build the African evidence informed policymaking community;
  • Learning from and access to a global community of practice in evidence based policy making.
  • Policymakers and scientists meet and together develop skills in using evidence to create policy solutions and inform policy making;
  • Participants will learn how their respective counterpart's professional worlds operate
  • Leading thinkers and practitioners share their experience with participants.

Participants having completed the seminar will be provided with a certificate signed by the organising partners.

Submission procedure

Download the application form here.

Send your proposal using the attached form and not exceeding one page to e-mail address: JRC-EIPM-AFRICA@ec.europa.eu by 17 September (COB). 

In case you should require any additional information, please contact Mr Matija Vilfan: matija.vilfan@ec.europa.eu 

Accommodation and travel arrangements 

Organisers will cover travel, transfers, accommodation and meal costs for the facilitators of the Master Classes. In principle payment of additional fees for facilitation is not foreseen. 


Evidence Informed Policy Making capacity building seminar is coorganised by the African Academy of Sciences, UK Research and Innovation, International Network for Government Science Advice – African Chapter (INGSA) and European Commission – Joint Research Centre.