Michael Devlin is a professional in the fields of science/policy communication and knowledge sharing for research and development organizations. He has a degree in journalism and has served as manager and director of strategic communication and knowledge sharing in a number of research centers and international organizations, including: ICARDA – the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, in Syria and Jordan; COHRED – the Council on Health Research for Development, in Geneva; INBAR – the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, in Beijing; and IWMI – the International Water Management Institute, in Sri Lanka.
He has extensive expertise and a keen interest in ‘research into use’. This is the synthesis and promotion of science and development program results to inform and influence developing country decision makers, international development agencies, technical partners and others. Michael has led many research-to-action initiatives that package science, technology and practices into useful products for countries; and facilitated knowledge capture and sharing with programs, teams and key meetings. This includes advising science program teams and leadership, and working with decision makers in developing countries to improve the quality of their science-based information. He is the author and facilitator of a course on strategic communication for science, and has delivered it to some 300 researchers and research managers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to his institutional experience, Michael founded and ran a communication consultancy for several years and worked in marketing and public affairs in Brussels.