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News during 2010

How new approaches to innovation can help deliver growth and a better society

As cuts to public expenditure are ramping up, demand for public services and economic growth remains as high as ever. Pressure to deliver more for less is resulting in an increased focus on innovation – in the way that public services and the economy are provided, supported and managed.

The future of science in Parliament

Science can, should and often does play a critical role in Parliament. And when you consider what Parliament does - make laws and scrutinise Government – that is an important statement. To discuss science in Parliament, we invited Dr Evan ...

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.

What price biodiversity?

The Centre’s latest Policy Workshop – The Values and Valuation of Natural Capital, organised jointly with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) at the Institute for Government on 13 October – brought together policy makers from Defra, DECC, CLG, DfE, BIS and DfT, alongside zoologists, economists, engineers, geographers and conservation scientists.

Science and Policy Key Research Questions Programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of an ambitious and exciting new programme in science and policy research. The programme will follow a process developed by Professor William Sutherland and colleagues, which has been used successfully to identify key ...

DECC workshop on behaviour and energy efficiency

Behaviour change experts and officials responsible for policies to encourage increased energy efficiency met earlier this month in a workshop organised by CSaP for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The UK's targets for reducing carbon emissions are ambitious and a wide range of tools for emissions reduction merit consideration.

Working on the inside

What role can the Centre for Science and Policy play in cultivating and nurturing scientists with an ability and passion for communication and policy?

Our Easter Island Moment: is it already too late to save the environment?

Sarah Mukherjee delivered the CSaP's third distinguished lecture having recently left her role as the BBC’s Environmental Correspondent. She promised a commentary unmuffled by institutional constraints, and she delivered handsomely on that promise. Judge Business School, University of Cambridge 7 ...

What will be the Impact of the $100 Genome?

To mark the launch of the Centre Interest Group on Genomic Medicine, the CSaP hosted a dinner discussion on 12 May at Queens' College, Cambridge. Sir Mark Walport led the discussion.

Policy Fellows Programme Launched

May saw the launch, in pilot form, of our Policy Fellowship Programme. Cambridge researchers welcomed the opportunity to meet the policy makers, noting the value that they had gained by "getting a window into the policy environment".

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