Madrid, October 20 (EFE).- The Science Association of Parliament (CeeP) on Friday won the European Science Prize for Political Science.
The award, awarded by the European Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology, was announced at a biennial forum, where European experts discussed “scientific activism” and the involvement of scientists in public policy beyond advice.
For CeeP President Eduardo Oliver, international recognitions like these are “vital” to continue moving forward and to connect “with other communities and organizations” interested in “promoting policy more informed by scientific evidence,” which is key to meeting the world’s challenges. Reach . .
The award jury considered CeeP “an excellent example of how an association of grassroots scientists can bring together public and political support to change and improve the national legislative system by providing more scientific evidence in the process.”
Furthermore, he hopes that the international recognition of the award will encourage new scientific projects in Parliament and “be an inspiration to others.”
The Science in Parliament Association was born in 2018 from a citizen initiative to encourage the creation of a legislative science advisory office in Spain, an achievement achieved with the launch of the Science and Technology Office of the House of Representatives, known as Office C, in 2022.
This office brought an end to nearly 40 years of failed attempts to establish scientific and technical advice in the Spanish Parliament.
Since then, CeeP has been recognized as an organization that stimulates the encounter between scientists, politicians and civil society in Spain.
For the Director of the Science Department for Public Policy at the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and Coordinator of the Office of Science and Technology in the Chamber of Deputies, Isascon Lacunza, “Science in Parliament has been able to integrate into the public agenda the importance and necessity of a stable scientific advisory structure.”
“Its work remains essential as a meeting point between the scientific community, political actors and civil society,” he concludes. Evie