There is increasing pressure on natural ecosystems worldwide and in Norway. Ecological science can inform decision making as well as improve policies for mitigating pressures, but how often is such information being used? And, does the constitution’s §112 require a new standard for environmental science and its use? We first discuss among ecologists how their science can become more useful for society, in particular how scientific focus and methods is related to societal demands to ecologists. Thereafter, we open for the public and ask how Norway’s policy arenas invite and use ecological science.
We welcome all researchers, students, managers, policy-makers, goverment officials, members of the media, and anyone interested in ecology and the natural world.