Early-career researchers can be promising candidates for informing and shaping science policy (Nature 560, 671–673; 2018). Given the necessary support, they could learn to engage with policymakers and to create sustainable interactions with them for the future.
Senior researchers would need to share their knowledge and networks with these new team members. Research institutions could offer regular training — or even integrate it into the curriculum. Debates on policy implementation strategies, stakeholder involvement and far-reaching changes in science-policy systems might all be included.
Once active at the science–policy interface, early-career researchers would be in a position to inspire and mentor their peers to follow them.
Nature 562, 344 (2018)