European Alliance - building bridges among European scientists and stakeholders
European Alliance is a bottom-up network of the European global change research national committees of the International Council for Science, ICSU. European Alliance facilitates science-driven discussion on European interests and priorities in global change research and promotes European level stakeholder engagement in the new global change research initiative, Future Earth.
Future Earth aims to build and connect knowledge on global change to intensify the impact of research and find new ways to accelerate sustainable development. One of the most innovative aspects of Future Earth is the idea of co-design and co-production of research with end-users and funders to produce relevant knowledge.
The aim of the European Alliance is to build an active network of national committees which implement the co-design objective of Future Earth at the national and regional level. Sustainability problems are in many senses global, but the solutions are most often local and depend significantly on local conditions. National committees provide understanding about local factors by acting as a link between the science community and the local decision-makers and stakeholders who are instrumental in implementing the solutions and adapting them to local needs.
The main objectives of the European Alliance:
- to engage the European global change committees in the work of Future Earth and support its members to develop their activities towards societal relevance and dialogue with local stakeholders and policy-makers
- to build a fruitful partnership with Future Earth leadership and its regional hubs
- to work together with core projects to form operative networks of local and regional stakeholders, policy-makers, and scientists working on specific projects
- to merge European scientists and stakeholders communities to jointly determine European research priorities and interests and to introduce them into the on-going discussion on research strategy on the European level
The figure below illustrates the vision of the equally important roles of the Future Earth leadership, the international core projects and of the national committees in Future Earth initiative.