The aims of the European Chapter include promoting the translation of research findings into timely and effective policy with an emphasis on policy at the European Union or wider European level and occasionally national issues.
In developing its strategy, ISEE Europe has identified three broad areas of expertise and need for policy action in environmental health. These are: air pollution and climate change; endocrine disruptors and the overuse of antibiotics by humans and in farming; and urban planning including active travel and nuisance noise. We propose to identify issues and opportunities to influence policy in each of these areas and align our efforts with those of non-governmental organisations or others in Europe on an ad-hoc and ongoing basis.
The Executive Council of the European Chapter seeks to be aware of research by ISEE members and other scientists that is likely to be particularly relevant to public policy and vice versa. This is a demanding task so European Chapter members and others are encouraged to highlight topically relevant research or policies to the European Chapter. This can be done via the ISEE Europe website or by contacting a member of the European Chapter. Please bear in mind it is usually easier to influence policy at an early stage than at the last minute.
The Executive Council may decide to promote the translation of research results into policy through direct (e.g. writing to the European Commission, European Parliament or Council of Ministers) or indirect approaches (e.g. by speaking at conferences or briefing the media or non-governmental organisations). Continuity of contact with key stakeholders is needed to ensure action is effective.
The Executive Council will usually seek to promote chosen research or policy areas to the most relevant or influential individuals or organisations. It will do so on behalf of ISEE Europe (i.e. not just members of the European Chapter) and may do so in Europe on behalf of ISEE as a whole subject to the approval of ISEE Council. When appropriate, such as on policy matters of global significance, the Executive Council will liaise with ISEE’s Policy Committee to seek a consistent position for ISEE and may be a joint signatory with it.
The Executive Council respectfully requests that others within ISEE consult it, when appropriate, on European matters. When likely to be more effective or appropriate, ISEE European Chapter will ask ISEE’s global committees to take a lead.