The Centre has announced the first group of Policy Fellows to be elected for the new year, together with the dates of their initial visits to Cambridge in January and February 2012:
- 16 to 20 January: Llyr Jones, BAE Systems Head of Group Strategy
- 30 January to 3 February: Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
- 6 to 10 February: Alan Moodie, Operating Officer, Medicines Discovery and Development, GSK R&D
- 6 to 10 February: Alex Churchill, Deputy Head Science & Technology Strategy, Ministry of Defence
- 13 to 17 February: Nicole Dewandre, Advisor to the Director-General, DG INFSO, European Commission
- 15 to 17 February: Mark Swindells, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions.
We are also planning return visits for a number of our current Fellows, including Michelle Richmond of the IET (16 to 18 January), BIS Director of Innovation John Dodds (19 to 20 January), Cabinet Office Deputy Director of Civil Contingencies John Tesh (25 to 27 January), and CLG Director of Innovation Stephen Aldridge (22 to 24 February).
These visits will cover many of the Centre's core themes in innovation, emerging technologies, risk and resilience, and the role of evidence in policy making. Specific invitations to meet these Fellows will be issued in the coming weeks, but researchers who would like to meet any of them are welcome to email and ask to be included in the schedule.
The Policy Fellowships Programme provides a "pathway to impact" by enabling leading researchers to meet senior civil servants and industry decision-makers, and to explore the implications of research directly with them. The Policy Fellows spend an initial period of five days visiting the University, attending both scheduled events and one-to-one meetings with researchers, organised to reflect their policy interests. During the remainder of their two-year tenure, they return from time to time for further meetings and events, and (if they wish) to give lectures or seminars to appropriate audiences.
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