Applications are now open for the 2017 BES Policy Fellowship, offering a mid-career ecologist the chance to spend up to six months on a placement embedded within Defra’s Environment Analysis Unit, applying their scientific expertise to a practical policy challenge.
Open to all members with at least five years’ experience post-PhD, the Fellowship will provide a prestigious opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working within government, improving the Fellow’s policy knowledge and awareness, developing their science communication skills, and building their professional networks at an exciting and crucial time for environmental policy.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, critical decisions will be made about the future of our environmental policy framework, with opportunities to develop innovative new approaches. Gathering, synthesising and communicating the best scientific evidence – from how to maximise the environmental benefits of land management schemes, through to how to promote ecosystem resilience – is essential to ensuring the success of any policy decisions.
The 2017 BES Policy Fellowship with the UK Government offers the chance to be at the heart of this process. You will spend up to six months embedded within Defra’s Environment Analysis Unit, the team tasked with pulling together science and data from across the organisation to support policymaking.
Applications close at 9:00am on Monday 7 August 2017.