A Glorious Time for Expertise? - How COVID-19 affects the relationship between science and politics and what it means for Think Tanks

Digital ThinkTanking in Times of COVID-19 
11 June 2020
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The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) has teamed up with WonkComms and Soapbox Design Agency to bring you a WebTalk Series on

Digital ThinkTanking in Times of COVID-19

With the corona pandemic disrupting normal operations – forcing staff to work remotely, putting an end to face-to-face events, and sending legislators and governments home – think tanks are having to rethink their business on the fly. For an industry built around cross-sector and transnational cooperation, the resulting crisis verges on being an existential threat to its entire model. We need new approaches, and we need them fast.


With this WebTalk Series, DGAP, WonkComms, and Soapbox are joining forces to bring the international think tank community together in order to better understand how we can continue and optimize our work under lockdown.


Claire Luzia Leifert, Head of the Impact & Innovation Lab, German Council on Foreign Relations
Joe Miller, Director of the Washington DC Studio, Soapbox Design Agency

Join Annikky Lamp, communication adviser to European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, and Rob Watt, communications director and head of strategic policy engagement at the Stockholm Environment Institute, to discuss what the coronavirus crisis means for evidence-based policy advice and the future of cooperation between science, politics, and think tanks.


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We want to hear from you! If you would like to suggest a topic or join one of our WebTalks on Digital ThinkTanking as a speaker, please contact Claire Luzia Leifert (leifert@dgap.org).

Continue the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #DigitalThinkTanking and #wonkcomms.




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