Researching past societies and their environmental history

The International Panel on Environmental History & Policy (EnvHist4P) is a global network of interdisciplinary scientists researching the relationship between past societies and their environmental history.

We are concerned in particular with past societal responses and adaptations to environmental stress, especially climatic change and epidemics. Our focus is on the Late Holocene, that is the last 3,000 years, the most recent period of human history, during which the first complex modern civilisations and economic systems emerged, leading into socio-economic globalisation, the Industrial Revolution and the onset of the Anthropocene.

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May 19, 2022 in Videos

Kristian Krieger – Science for policy ecosystems in the EU and its Member States: policies, institutions, and competences

Kristian Krieger will introduce the concept of a science for policy ecosystem to capture science advisory norms, processes, structures, and practices at EU and national levels more comprehensively.
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May 4, 2022 in Videos

Ilias Grampas – The key role of the European Parliament Intergroup in bridging the science-policy nexus

Recognizing that a sustainable world needs to ensure human well-being, nature protection and economic prosperity for present and future generations, the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable…
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April 6, 2022 in Videos

Vitalba Crivello – Science for Policy Communication

Vitalba discusses the experience of the European Science-Media Hub, the platform of the European Parliament communicating sound science to the public.
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Events 2022

Environmental History Meets Public Policy

22 March – 21 June 2022 | A series of training webinars ending with a hybrid stakeholder debate.

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31 May

Mapping science-for-policy ecosystems in Europe and Germany

Irene Broer, Leibniz Institute for Media Research – Hans Bredow Institute, Germany
Nataliia Sokolovska, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Germany


14 June

Closing discussion among webinar participants

Chair: Adam Izdebski, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany


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