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Professor David Spiegelhalter awarded KBE

CSaP Associate Fellow and Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, David Spiegelhalter, has received a Knight Bachelor for services to Statistics.

Tales of the unexpected

This year’s Annual AAAS meeting in Boston saw much joint activity between AAAS and the EU. The highlight was a packed session organized by the EU Joint Research Centre on how science advisers deal with uncertainty in policy advice, in which the Commission’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Anne Glover, spoke alongside the Presidential Science Adviser, Dr. John Holdren, and CSaP’s Miles Parker. It attracted an audience of about 300 and active questioning.

Global Uncertainties Champion

Tristram Riley-Smith, who spent 2012 as CSaP Visiting Fellow, starts work at 10 Trumpington Street in a new capacity – as the External Champion to the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties (GU) Programme. We share him with Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), where he has been appointed to a new, senior, post to support this Champion’s role.

CSaP Policy Fellow discusses why Britain needs a National Risk Register

In this discussion piece, John Tesh (Deputy Director, Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, and CSaP Policy Fellow) explains why Britain needs a National Risk Register.

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 research.

Nanotechnology and your views

What are the implications of nanotechnology for the general public? What use is it to them? What are the risks and benefits? These are the types of questions that an online Knowledge Debate hopes to provoke. Dr Robert Doubleday, Head ...

Risk and Uncertainty Conference

On 8 March – the very day that the BBC declared that solar storms threatened to “wreak havoc with satellites or power grids” – many of the UK’s top risk experts were attending the CSaP conference on Risk and Uncertainty, organised in partnership with the Willis Research Network and sponsored by the IET and Lloyd’s.

Policy Fellows announced for Easter Term 2012

The Centre has announced the first group of Policy Fellows for the Easter Term 2012, together with the dates of their initial visits to Cambridge in April, May and June.