News during 2012 for Research, evidence and policy
Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network The Centre for Science and Policy research programme is gaining momentum. We are pleased to announce our involvement in a major new European Commission funded project on biodiversity science and policy.
The ‘Future Directions for Science Advice in Whitehall’ seminar series got off to a great start at the Institute for Government on 20 November, when panellists addressed a number of issues such as how to balance different types of evidence and value judgements, the seniority of CSAs within government departments, and the role of the media and House of Lords.
As the Policy Fellowships Programme for 2012 comes to an end, attention turns to the first new Fellows of 2013 who will make their initial visits to Cambridge in Lent Term. Howard Covington (Trustee of the Science Museum) is the first to be confirmed.
Communicate, join networks, develop lasting relationships and build trust: these were just some of the recommendations put forward by a distinguished line up of computer scientists and policy makers at the CSaP Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career technology researchers on 31 October.
Dominique Ristori, Director General of the EC's Joint Research Centre sets out his ideas on the key challenges and opportunities for better integrating science and policy as seen from the EU perspective, drawing on recent new orientations in the JRC.
Presentations by graduate students at the Cambridge Biological and Life Sciences Symposium (SymBLS) provided an opportunity for government attendees to hear about research at Cambridge that could have particular relevance to policy in the future.
On 2 July, CSaP celebrated its third successful year of 'building bridges' between science and policy at a reception hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The reception provided an opportunity for more than 150 policy makers, industry leaders and researchers to meet and share experiences with many of those who had taken part in CSaP activities since its launch in July 2009.
Sir Mark Walport, who has been director of the Wellcome Trust since 2003, has been appointed to succeed Sir John Beddington as the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser. He will take up his new post in April 2013 and will step down as director early next year.
Report of the Alcohol Policy Seminar hosted by Cambridge Public Policy and the Hughes Hall Centre for Biomedical Sciences in Society on 21 May 2012.
Summary of findings published in Nature on Chief Scientific Advisers
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