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The ETH Guidelines on Science-Policy Engagement

Issued February 2024


ETH Zurich prioritizes science-policy engagement. These guidelines support researchers who share their expertise with policymakers on critical topics like artificial intelligence. They outline best practices, guiding principles, potential roles and risks, and available ETH support resources.

What is it about

Science-policy engagement means scientists share their research and findings with policymakers, for public discussions to be based on evidence.

Who is it for

The guidelines are for all ETH members who are active in science-policy engagement

Related guidelines

ETH Scientific Integrity guidelines.

Key Takeaways

  • Formalizes ETH’s support of science-policy engagement and respect for researcher autonomy in choosing whether and how to engage.

  • Outlines various roles that researchers can play in science-policy engagement.

  • Highlights potential risks associated with engagement.

  • Requires that ETH researchers who engage with policymakers uphold principles of scientific integrity.

  • Recommends that researchers transparently communicate uncertainties and limitations in their findings.

  • Insists researchers clearly distinguish their personal viewpoints from scientific consensus.

  • Lists relevant ETH support units and resources available.


Why is this guidance important?

The guidelines articulate a consolidated position on science-policy engagement by ETH members. They are intended to empower ETH members to engage with policymakers.

Benedikt Knüsel

Head of the Science-​Policy Interface unit at ETH Zurich

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