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Seminar: The glass wall between SRHR science and policy

November 28, 2017

The realms of science and policy keep on claiming that they need each other badly, and the references from one to the other are numerous. However, scientists tend to be frustrated because their recommendations are often neglected and are not implemented, and policy makers complain that sc ientists seldom come up with clear answers to policy questions and that the main conclusion of far too many research projects is that ‘further research (and money) is needed’. Both worlds seem to be separated by a glass wall: they can look at each other bu t they don’t hear what is said at the other side and they seldom team up to solve societal problems.

We want to open the floor to the aspirations and frustrations of both sides, present some good practices of cooperation between scientists and policy maker s, and explore ways to make the glass wall less thick.

Preliminary agenda

9:30  Welcome, coffee

10:00 Introduction- What makes communication between science and policy so difficult? (Marleen Temmerman, former senator and WHO – HRP director, currently professor at Aga Kahn University and Ghent University) How can science help SRHR policy making? (Leonardo Chavane, Country Director Jhpiego Mozambique) How can science help SRHR work on the ground ? (Tamar Khomasuridze , UNFPA Sexual and Reproductive Health Adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia)

11:30 Panel debate: what can be done to bring both worlds closer together?

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Good practices and cases:

  1. WHO Euro SRHR strategy (Gunta Lazdane , former Regional Adviser Sexual and Reproductive Health WHO EURO).
  2. Indicators for SRHR ( Olivier Degomme , Ghent University, Science Director ICRH ).
  3. National SRHR plan in Moldova. National SRHR strategy in Georgia.
  4. Science and policy around Sexu al Assault Care Centres in Belgium (Elke Sleurs , former Belgian secretary of state for Equal Opportunities and Science Policy).

16:30 Closing lecture: what answer can ANSER provide? (Olivier Degomme, Ghent University, Science Director ICRH)

 17:00 End


Fee and Registration: Participation is free, please register HERE before 15 November 2017.

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2017

Location: Les ateliers des tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs, 58 – 62, 1000 Brussels


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