CSaP's mission is to improve public policy through the more effective use of evidence and expertise. We do this by creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other.

We convene our network to provide fresh perspectives and critical challenges to conventional thinking.

Through our workshops, Fellowships and research programme, we have pioneered new ways of bringing academia and public policy together.

Scientific advice to governments

Nature commentary on Chief Scientific Advisers

Summary of findings published in Nature on Chief Scientific Advisers

Scientific advice to governments

The GCSA at 50: reflections on the past, present and future of scientific advice

To mark the fifty year anniversary of Solly Zuckerman’s appointment as the first Government Chief Scientific Adviser, CSaP came together with the Royal Society, GO-Science and SPRU to ...

Policy Workshops

The impacts of machine learning on climate change modelling

There is an increasing need for environmental data to inform policy decisions. At the same time, technical advances, including in data science, are leading to the prospect of ...

Scientific advice to governments

The future of science in Parliament

To discuss science in Parliament, we invited Dr Evan Harris and Dr Julian Huppert to deliver our fourth Distinguished Lecture.


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CSaP Annual Conference

Showcasing our work and the themes we have covered throughout the year.

Our annual event welcomes more than 200 people from across a range of government, academic and business organisations to discuss our most recent work on research and policy ...

CSaP in numbers

Our programmes, workshops, and professional development activities provide opportunities for policy professionals and researchers to discuss and debate high-priority public policy issues.