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

Knowledge, policy and expertise

Professor Susan Owens' latest book presents a fascinating analysis of expertise and policy formation, based on an in-depth study of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Scientific advice to governments

CSaP launches first Policy Challenges briefing on "Emergency Behaviours"

CSaP announces its first Policy Challenges briefing on 'emergency behaviours' at the 2014 annual conference.

Policy Workshops

Global Uncertainties Policy Workshop

On 13 June, at the Royal Society, CSaP Visiting Fellow Tristram Riley-Smith brought together leading academics and policy-makers to discuss the relationship between national security challenges and academic ...

Latest News

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 ...


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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 ...

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.