Between research and practice: an EU project’s collection of stakeholder summaries

This press release was published by EurekAlert! and AlphaGalileo. 

To make its scientific results more accessible, the Horizon 2020 research project PoshBee (GA No. 773921) issues a stakeholder summary for each published research output.

PoshBee (Pan-european assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of stressors on the health of bees) aims to support healthy bee populations and sustainable beekeeping. In this context, successful cooperation between diverse stakeholder groups is crucial, often requiring science communication to bridge the gap between research and practice.

PoshBee overview.

Effectively translating scientific knowledge into tangible impacts, however, is not necessarily an easy task for a number of reasons. In particular, the use of scientific jargon, which is not accessible to non-scientists and rarely succeeds in conveying the practical impacts of research findings and their relevance to different stakeholders. To improve the status quo and incentivise efficient knowledge exchange, PoshBee committed to providing stakeholder summaries for all published research outputs.

These summaries use plain language and focus on the publications’ main outcomes. Often in the form of visual abstracts, they provide concise recommendations on the practical value and benefits to the stakeholder if the generated knowledge is implemented. As of now, PoshBee has already published 15 such summaries, 12 of which are available in languages other than English (French, Italian, German, etc.).

Professor Mark Brown, the leader of PoshBee, says "We asked our beekeepers, farmers, policy-makers and other groups interested in bee health what they wanted from us, and they resoundingly said clear communication of project results. It has been a pleasure working with them and our researchers to produce these stakeholder summaries. These summaries increase the accessibility and impact of EU-funded PoshBee research, and I’d recommend this approach to any research project that actually wants to make their results accessible to the broader public."

Access all the summaries here.

Read the press release in EurekAlert! and AlphaGalileo.