The greatest challenges facing global leaders and the skills needed for effective leadership in the modern world were examined in a series of events as part of the Churchill Statesmanship Programme 2015.
Engaging good scientific minds to provide expert advice and evidence is core to the effectiveness of the policy maker but the task of gaining mutual understanding and trust, and identifying the policy relevance and value of science remains challenging.
As part of the Churchill Statesmanship Programme, CSaP collaborated with Churchill College to deliver a public lecture and a professional development workshop, providing junior policy makers and early-career researchers with an insight into the role of networks of expertise and evidence in policy making.
A report to the Churchill programme, which extends on the findings from the two events, authored by CSaP's Dr Miles Parker, can be downloaded here.
Dame Athene Donald (Master, Churchill College) commented: "I was delighted by both events: in particular the workshop bringing together early career civil servants and Cambridge researchers I believe was eye-opening for both sides. I’d hope that similar events can be arranged for the future since ensuring those scientists setting out on their careers understand the policy challenges, as well as their science, is hugely important."
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