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Professional Development Policy Seminar

15 November 2010

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The Centre for Science and Policy is partnering with the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) to run a Professional Development Policy Seminar to provide an introduction for early career researchers on how public policy is made and the role that research plays.

Overview

The research community is making increasing efforts to maximise the impact of its expertise in public policy. All the global and national challenges we face rely – and arguably should rely more – on advice from experts in the sciences social sciences and engineering. It is now widely acknowledged that policy makers should be open to advice from researchers and researchers should be well equipped to deliver that advice.

The Centre for Science and Policy is partnering with the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) to run a Professional Development Policy Seminar to provide an introduction for early career researchers on how public policy is made and the role that research plays.

The seminar will give participants the opportunity to learn from and quiz civil servants and academics who have been involved in public policy. They will discuss how policy is made the strengths and weaknesses of the process and the constraints under which policy makers operate. The goal is to help researchers understand how they can engage most effectively with the policy world and to prepare them for careers that might involve significant roles as policy advisers.

The seminar which is free to attend will take place on 15 November at the Pitt Building in Cambridge (10:30-16:30) and will provide lunch and refreshments.

Confirmed speakers include
  • Dr Tim Chatterton ESRC secondee to the Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Dr Jo Dally Head of Briefings Government Office for Science
  • Professor Michael Kelly former Chief Scientific Adviser (CLG) and Prince Philip Professor of Technology Cambridge
  • Professor David MacKay Chief Scientific Adviser Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Dr Miles Parker Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Dr Rob Sullivan Head Broadband Delivery UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills
Session chairs
  • Dr Jason Blackstock Strategic Adviser and Fellow the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Dr Chris Tyler Executive Director the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)
Agenda
  • 10:30 Arrival and Coffee
  • 11:00 Presentations from academics who have been involved in the policy process
  • 12:30 Group session to consider how the policy process could be improved
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:45 Feedback to panel of policy makers
  • 14:00 Response from policy makers followed by discussion
  • 15:30 Group work and discussion
  • 16:30 Wrap up
Who should apply

This seminar is for early career researchers in the field of climate change energy farming and the environment who would like to learn more about the policy making process.

How to apply

If you would like to take part please complete the application form and email to Jackie Ouchikh with a brief biography or CV and 200-300 words on what you hope to get out of the day. Please note that places are limited so an early response is advised.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THERE ARE NO PLACES LEFT AT THIS SEMINAR.

The Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) is an interdisciplinary research centre within the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge University. The Centre focuses on research that examines climate change economics and mitigation strategies.

Dr Tim Chatterton

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Professor Michael Kelly

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Dr Miles Parker

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Robert Sullivan

Ministry of Defence (MoD)

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    Professional Development Policy Seminar

    A number of key posts in Government are held by people who spent most of their careers as academics. These advisers and policy makers are brought into the civil service because of the knowledge that they bring to policy issues, even if they do not have a practical knowledge of policy. Consequently, the transition from university academic to government civil servant can be quite a challenge.