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Using Twitter as a science-policy interface: an interview with Dr Ruth Jepson

November 1, 2013

Biodiversity and conservation have long borrowed concepts and approaches from public health: consider the term ecosystem health or evidence-based conservation which applies systematic review methods pioneered in the medical sciences.  One consequence of the failure to achieve targets associated with international environmental treaties is new investments in strengthening science-policy interfaces.  The IPBES is a key development at the international level and two EU F7 projects SPIRAL and Biodiversity Knowledge initiative are developing structures and principles in an effort to improve the interaction of science with policy makers in DG RI and DG Environment.

Twitter, launched in 2006, is transforming information flows in society. In this video post, Dr Ruth Jepson of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy, Edinburg University shares her experiences of creating a successful twitter feed: a knowledge brokering service building community among public health researchers, policy makers, politicians and members of interested publics.

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