Interested in Science Policy?

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The Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) has launched a programme of Professional Development Policy Seminars for early career researchers, introducing them to the opportunities and the realities of engaging with policy. In collaboration with the Society of Biology, the next seminar in the series will be for early career biologists from a range of disciplines and interest areas. The seminar will take place on 11 November and discuss how policy officials seek science advice, the ways in which science gets into policy, and will explore examples of the challenges and opportunities.  

The seminar will take place at Charles Darwin House, London on 11 November.

It will provide a dynamic introduction that will encourage and enable scientists to engage and to improve dialogue with policymakers.


Session 1: Presentations from academics who have been engaged in the policy process

Academics discuss the role they played in policy – how the process worked and the challenges they faced – to an audience of early career researchers and policy makers.

Session 2: Break-out and report-back session

Early career researchers (with help from the academics) break into groups to discuss their ideas for improving the policy process, and feed their conclusions back to a panel of policy makers.

Session 3: Response from policy makers

The panel discusses how science advice is sought, and advises on how the science community might best engage with policy makers.

Provisional Agenda

  • 10:30 Arrival and Coffee
  • 11:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 11:10 Session 1: Presentations from academics who have been involved in the policy process
  • 12:00 Q&A
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Session 2: Group session – early career researchers consider how the policy process could be improved
  • 14:15 Feedback to panel of policy makers
  • 14: 30 Session 3: Response from policy makers
  • 15:20 Q&A and discussion
  • 16:15 Wrap up
  • 16:30 Close

The purpose of the seminar is to bring together researchers and policy makers who wish to engage in discussion and debate and think longer term about career paths and goals.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Christopher Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Development
  • Dr Miles Parker, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Food & Rural Affairs
  • Mr Gary Kass, Principal Specialist, Evidence & Analysis Team, Natural England
  • Professor Ottoline Leyser Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge (SLCU)
  • Dr Helen Bodmer Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • Mr Tim Brigstocke, Chair of the College of Individual Members of the Society of Biology
  • Professor Clive Page King’s College London
  • Dr Nafees Meah Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Professor Ajit Lalvani Imperial College London

Further details including an application form and speaker biographies.


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