Professional Development Workshops

Sharing and inspiring good practice for evidence-informed policy making

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Professional development workshops

CSaP's professional development workshops are designed to demonstrate, through worked examples, the value of building links between evidence, expertise and policy making; to create networking opportunities between researchers and policy professionals; and to share and inspire good practice for evidence-informed policy making.

We have a track record of working with government departments and the Policy Profession; Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships; research initiatives and learned societies to deliver workshops for early- and mid-career researchers and civil servants across all disciplines.

For more information, please contact Jackie Ouchikh, Head of Programmes.

  • 9 March 2017, 9am

    Professional Development Policy Workshop for researchers in the natural sciences

    A one-day workshop covering topics such as earthquakes, volcanic hazards, climate, ecology, conservation and biodiversity.
  • 5 April 2017

    Exploring the role of evidence and expertise in effective policy making for environmental science

    A CSaP professional development policy workshop for early-career environmental scientists at Cambridge gave them an insight into the role of science, evidence and expertise in public policy.
  • 19 October 2016

    Early career researchers discuss the benefits of building connections between science and policy

    CSaP organised a talk for early career researchers to gain a better understanding of the role of research in the policy development process.
  • 23 May 2016

    Understanding the needs of policy makers

    In addition to CSaP's Professional Development Workshops for early- and mid-career researchers, CSaP offers opportunities for PhD students to take up 3-month internships.
  • 14 March 2016

    What are the challenges and opportunities for mid-career researchers to engage with policy?

    CSaP partnered with Churchill College Cambridge to deliver a workshop which brought together academics in Cambridge who have an interest in taking leadership roles in the scientific community and becoming advisers to government.
  • 10 December 2015

    Linking transport, health and wellbeing

    A Professional Development Policy Workshop looking at the role of evidence and expertise in making transport policy, with a particular focus on how it can influence health and wellbeing.
  • 26 November 2015

    Statesmanship in a scientific age

    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.
  • 22 September 2015

    How is Big Data research and analysis used to improve public policy and services?

    On 18 September 2015, CSaP teamed up with Cambridge Big Data and the Royal Statistical Society to run a workshop exploring how data science and ‘Big Data’ can help inform and improve public policy.
  • 27 April 2015

    Professional Development Policy Workshop: Science and 21st Century Leadership

    CSaP teamed up with the Churchill Archives Centre to deliver a workshop (as part of the Churchill Statesmanship Programme) to provide junior policy makers and early career researchers with an insight into the role of expertise and evidence in policy making. Speakers from both academia and government were invited discuss their own experiences of gathering and presenting scientific evidence for policy.
  • 16 December 2014

    Behavioural Scientists learn about challenges of the policy-making process

    45 early-career behavioural scientists gathered in Downing College to learn about the policy environment and the skills needed to interact effectively with policy makers.
  • 10 November 2013

    Early-career chemical scientists take on role of 'scientific advisers'

    Hosted and sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this one-day workshop offered practical advice on how researchers can develop their communication skills and engage with the policy development process.
  • 7 June 2013

    Nanotechnology policy: practical advice for early-career researchers

    On 3 June, CSaP partnered with the Cambridge NanoDTC and the Royal Society of Chemistry to host a career development day for PhD students interested in nanotechnology policy.
  • 6 February 2013

    How can engineers make a difference in the policy development process?

    Chaired by Dr Robert Doubleday, a panel of engineers and scientists described a broad range of policy areas where engineers can make an important contribution.
  • 1 November 2012

    Scientists and policy makers advise early-career researchers

    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.
  • 20 September 2012

    CSaP Junior Associate Fellows start placements in Government

    CSaP explores opportunities for early-career researchers to contribute to the policy process
  • 3 May 2012

    Professional Development Policy Seminar for Health Scientists

    On 3 May 2012 the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) held a professional development policy seminar, in partnership with the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and the Cambridge Institute of Public Health (IPH).
  • 9 December 2011

    Professional Development Policy Seminar for Engineers

    In December, CSaP and the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge co-hosted a Professional Development Policy Seminar for early-career engineers. Co-sponsored by the IET, 32 researchers from 7 universities heard from engineering experts and policy professionals on the opportunities and realities of engaging with policy. For Marcus Pelenu, a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, this seminar resulted in a work placement in the Cabinet Office.
  • 11 November 2011

    Professional Development Policy Seminar for Biologists

    11 November saw CSaP host its second professional development seminar for early career biologists. The day-long seminar offered insights into the opportunities, and the associated challenges, for university academics to engage in science policy at the level of UK government.
  • 18 November 2010

    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.