On June 9, 2011, a workshop will take place on the theme ‘Linking research to policy in the water sector: Connecting people for a sustainable coastal water management’ at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The focus of the workshop, according to the organizers, is on improving the science-policy interface in the water sector, and exploring the role that civil society can play in this venture. Attention to this topic connects to the need for more public participation in the context of EU water policies (Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy). The context for the workshop is the so called AWARE project, which was sponsored by the European Commission and which intends to provide a connection between science, policy makers and civil society. Further enquiries can be made through the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.