$30 for members 
$60 for non-members 

Registration will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, or as space allows. Register early; space is limited. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast 

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Event program
TIES Conference Center
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113

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Policy forum Series: Science in policymaking: trends, tensions & themes 


Science doesn’t tell us what we should do, give us a clear-cut path forward or a single answer. Instead, science tells us what “is” or “may be.” From there, policymakers must decide how to use science—in combination with values, goals, and other factors—to make decisions. Though Minnesota has a long history of making policy rooted in scientific knowledge, many see a shift in how government weighs and uses science today, in conjunction with other sources of information. 

This forum will examine the changing nature of how science is used to inform policy decisions. Through relevant, cross-sector examples and case studies, attendees will identify and discuss ways to stay true to Minnesota’s commitment to science-based policymaking.

This forum will explore the following questions:

•  What are recent trends in how science is used to inform environmental policy?
•  How is the policymaking process in Minnesota designed to incorporate scientific research?
•  What lessons have we learned from recent policy-making processes about effectively communicating and incorporating scientific research/knowledge into policymaking?


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Who should attend

•  State government policy makers
•  Legislators
•  Local government officials
•  Scientists and environmental engineers
•  Environmental consultants
•  Advocates

For questions about the program or to inquire about a need-based scholarship, contact Greg Bohrer at 612-334-3388 ext. 8112. Scholarships are intended for students, those experiencing financial hardship, or individuals attending independent of their employer.

For questions about registration, contact Erin Niehoff at 612-334-3388 ext. 8102.

Let us know you're coming or share your questions by using #sciencepolicyMN on Twitter. You can also follow us at @EnvInitiative.