Policy workshops are roundtable discussions that bring together the expertise of interdisciplinary groups of researchers to bear on relevant policy issues. Our workshops have covered topics on housing, health & environment, resilient cities, behavioural insights in emergency planning and response, and many others. Workshop participants come from academia, government, industry and civil society.

If you are a policy professional or a researcher at the University of Cambridge interested in organising a policy workshop, please contact Nicola Buckley:

  • 26 October 2023

    Institutional Memory in the Civil Service

    On 18 October 2023, Professor Heather Lovell, Professor of Energy and Society at the University of Tasmania, presented her current research programme at the first online seminar for CSaP Policy Fellows in the new academic year, as part of our series, ‘Public Policy and Practice: challenges and opportunities’.
  • 17 July 2023

    Adolescent brain development

    On 29 June, CSaP invited Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, to give a lecture on adolescent brain development – what we know and what it means for policy. The lecture took place at Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • 15 June 2023

    Remembering the Dissolution of the Monasteries

    On 7 June 2023, CSaP’s Horn Fellows met in Jesus College, Cambridge to listen to Dr Harriet Lyon, Lecturer in History and J. H. Plumb College Lecturer at Christ’s College, Cambridge, gave a talk entitled ‘Remembering the Dissolution of the Monasteries: Memory, History, Nostalgia’.
  • 22 May 2023

    Treading water in the Taiwan Strait: China-Taiwan relations

    Professor William Hurst, Chong Hua Professor of Chinese Development at the Department of Politics and International Studies and Deputy Director for the Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge, delivered the second of CSaP’s online seminars for Policy Fellows on the theme of Geopolitics: Nationhood, conflict, and identity.
  • 3 April 2023

    The uses and abuses of history: misuse of the history of Northern Ireland

    The Centre for Science and Policy held the first session of its Lent Term online seminar series for CSaP Policy Fellows on 22 February 2023. The seminar, which explored the misuse of the history of Northern Ireland, was led by Dr Niamh Gallagher, University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History and Fellow of St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge.
  • 31 March 2023

    A more nuanced understanding of Xi Jinping and Chinese history

    A seminar exploring “Xi Jinping and History: Mirror or House of Mirrors?” led by Dr Daniel Knorr, Temporary Assistant Professor in Modern Asian History, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.
  • 21 March 2023

    Artificial Intelligence systems in brain health

    CSaP's Policy Leaders Fellowship met earlier this month to explore the opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence systems in healthcare. Leading the discussion was Professor Zoe Kourtzi, Professor of Experimental Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.
  • 22 February 2023

    Understanding digital poverty and inequality in the UK

    In partnership with the British Academy, CSaP held a Policy Fellows Seminar led by Professor Helen Margetts, Director of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute, and Dr Alex Mankoo, Senior Policy Adviser, at the British Academy.
  • 20 February 2023

    Uncertainty and expertise in geopolitics, health, and infrastructure

    CSaP's Horn Fellowship and members of the Policy Fellowship network met with Cambridge academics to shed light on some the uncertainty witnessed in 2022 and what we might expect to see in 2023.
  • 4 November 2022

    Innovating our way to Net Zero: Insights from a Policy Workshop

    The Centre for Science and Policy and Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge and Director of CEENRG, delivered a policy workshop on strengthening the UK’s innovation ecosystem in the energy space to meet the government’s net zero target.  
  • 19 August 2022

    Offshore floating complexes

    We've been working with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to host a series of workshops on ‘offshore floating complexes’ (OFCs) - theoretical floating settlements with the potential to be very large in scale. Could 'floating cities' ever become a reality?
  • 19 August 2022

    Working with academia

    CSaP partnered with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Defence Science and Technology Futures (DSTF) programme for a project on the current state of their academic engagement, and how it could be improved.
  • 29 June 2022

    Global Green Media Network: Digital transition in screen arts

    CSaP hosted a Policy Workshop at Sidney Sussex College as the closing event for the Global Green Media Network (GGMN). The international project has been looking at the technological changes, industry initiatives, and economic drivers involved in the ‘greening’ of the global film, TV, and screen arts sector.
  • 7 April 2021

    Synthesising Compelling Evidence: Insights for Early Career Researchers

    On the 9th of March, NERC-funded doctoral students attended the second workshop session in a two-part professional development programme hosted by the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP). The objective of this session was to give PhD students hands-on experience of delivering scientific advice to policymakers. Students were divided into groups and asked to produce policy briefings to be judged by a panel featuring Professor Sir David King, Professor Bill Sutherland and Sam Reed. This exercise was accompanied by presentations exploring speakers’ career trajectories in academia and policy.
  • 6 March 2020

    How can scientists engage with the policy world?

    How do government, public policy development processes, and science interact? How can scientists engage with the policy world? Policy advisers and academics met with postdoctoral researchers from the University of Cambridge to explore these questions.
  • 1 November 2019

    What's the value of Real World Evidence in the context of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy?

    CSaP hosted a discussion on the potential and limits of real-world evidence and its place in the UK’s approach to life sciences.
  • 28 May 2019

    Policy Roundtable on Emerging Technologies

    A policy roundtable was convened by CSaP, bringing together members of the Cabinet Office and assorted academics to discuss the policy challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies.
  • 15 April 2019

    Preparing for an ageing population: Emerging technologies in social care

    CSaP brought together care sector experts, senior policy makers, practitioners, and researchers to discuss what the care sector, NHS and government should do to speed up the development, evaluation and uptake of effective technologies for social care.
  • 14 March 2019

    Defence implications of quantum technologies

    This roundtable discussion focussed on what future threats and challenges quantum technologies pose to the UK.
  • 12 March 2019

    What is online manipulation and how do we regulate it?

    CSaP worked with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture, and Sport to organise a Workshop to explore how to regulate social media and to act against online manipulation. This was supported by the Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks organisation and the Centre for Humanities and Social Change.
  • 21 January 2019

    New Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK

    A Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy has been published by the MEITS project.
  • 8 January 2019

    Food Security and Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in India

    A CSaP policy workshop brought together TIGR2ESS researchers, relevant academics, and Principal Scientific Adviser to the Indian Government Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan to discuss food security and sustainable rural livelihoods in India.
  • 7 November 2018

    How can we make the best use of urban green space?

    CSaP's Policy Workshop, held in collaboration with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Grow Wild, brought together practitioners, residents, academics and local government officials together at Eastbury Manor House to discuss the best uses of small pockets of urban green space.
  • 20 July 2018

    Policy Internships Scheme - call open

    The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host.
  • 13 June 2018

    The future of medical imaging

    Medical imaging technologies are advancing at an unprecedented rate, providing a challenge for NHS England to keep up to date with the latest developments.
  • 1 June 2018

    How can we measure performance effectively in UK life sciences?

    A Policy Workshop held in collaboration with the Medicines Discovery Catapult to explore what approaches might be most suitable for developing and measuring the performance of UK life sciences research.
  • 14 November 2017

    Civil Society Futures: Public policy perspectives on civil society

    A CSaP Policy Workshop looked at future possibilities for more effective engagement between civil society and government.
  • 7 August 2017

    The impacts of machine learning on climate change modelling

    There is an increasing need for environmental data to inform policy decisions. At the same time, technical advances, including in data science, are leading to the prospect of being able to provide information about environmental risks across an increasingly broad spectrum of policy-relevant issues.
  • 1 August 2017

    The legal and ethical implications of using health data

    A CSaP Policy Workshop convened a panel of experts to discuss the implications of advances in data science and genomics.
  • 13 June 2017

    Industrial strategy and the role of place

    Last month, CSaP hosted a roundtable discussion to explore the potential of the Cambridge technology cluster in the context of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
  • 30 May 2017

    How will the UK manage its rural spaces post-Brexit?

    What might a policy to pay farmers for the delivery of ecosystem services look like? The objective of a British Ecosystem Services Policy would be to deliver the greatest total value of ecosystem services from the land, taking account of both marketed and non-marketed outputs.
  • 21 April 2017

    How can the European Commission build a "human centred" internet that is inviting to people and busi...

    In 2018, the European Commission will launch its Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which aims to make the internet more "open" and "human".
  • 29 March 2017

    What will future transport systems look like in the UK?

    As part of the Government Foresight Project into the Future of Mobility, CSaP organised a Policy Workshop which brought together representatives from the Government Office for Science with experts from academia and industry to discuss potential social and demographic issues which are likely to influence mobility over the next few decades.
  • 14 February 2017

    Devolution and inclusive economic growth: Lessons from Manchester

    On Thursday 4 May 2017, Greater Manchester will elect its first Mayor. The creation of a directly elected Mayor is part of the process of devolving more political powers to the Greater Manchester area, helping development towards a "Northern Powerhouse".
  • 20 October 2016

    Multi-level governance of climate change: CSaP Policy Workshop

    The Paris Agreement has been hailed as a major step in global climate change mitigation efforts, but how can different levels of governance work together to make the promises of Paris a reality? CSaP held a Policy Workshop bringing together climate specialists to discuss this question.
  • 10 October 2016

    The Future of Genomic Medicine Patents in Europe and the US

    Decisions relating to the patenting of genomics medicine technology were debated at a recent CSaP Policy workshop on precision medicine and intellectual property.
  • 20 September 2016

    How can research benefit housing policy?

    With the prospect of devolution on the horizon and the greater local power that it would entail, attendees at a recent CSaP Policy Workshop on Cambridgeshire housing policy were keen to form stronger links between policy and academia.
  • 1 July 2016

    The intersection of business and encryption, and the implications for practice and policy

    CSaP worked with Dr Ella McPherson, a Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, to deliver a Policy Workshop on the 'business of encryption'.
  • 23 May 2016

    Future directions for innovation in agriculture

    A CSaP Policy Workshop, chaired by David Willetts brought together senior researchers, policy makers, and agricultural sector representatives, to discuss the way forward for 'Innovation in Agriculture'.
  • 12 April 2016

    What makes a successful research culture?

    A CSaP Policy Workshop organised in collaboration with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) explored research cultures, how they are formed and what influences them.
  • 10 March 2016

    Do conspiracy theories undermine democracy?

    Last month we hosted a roundtable discussion in Cambridge for our Policy Leaders Fellows which explored the relationship between conspiracy, democracy and trust.
  • 29 February 2016

    Harnessing the potential of social movements, and generating impact at scale

    A Policy Workshop held in collaboratioin with Friends of the Earth, the Nesta Health Lab and the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, brought together a wide range of Policy Fellows from the health and environment sectors to discuss the role of social movements, innovation, and impact at scale.
  • 1 February 2016

    Responsible and open innovation with large bioresources

    A Policy Workshop organised in partnership with the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences brought together experts from the public and private sectors working on issues around genomics, synthetic biology, intellectual property (IP) law and policy.
  • 25 November 2015

    How do you make Europe a global pro-innovation actor?

    On 24 November 2015 CSaP ran a policy workshop on the subject of 'How do you make Europe a global pro-innovation actor?' The workshop came at an important time for the EU and its member states.
  • 1 July 2015

    Restorative Justice: pathways for the future

    On 22 June 2015 the Centre for Science and Policy ran a workshop titled 'Restorative Justice: pathways for the future'. The event was organised in partnership with the Restorative Justice Council, the independent third sector membership body for the field of restorative practice, and the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education.
  • 24 April 2015

    The benefits of play in middle childhood: what the research shows

    On 9 April 2015 a workshop was held at the Faculty of Education and Homerton College to discuss what is known about the benefits of play in middle childhood.
  • 4 December 2014

    CSaP Policy Workshop: 'Making Systems Resilient'

    CSaP ran a policy workshop on “Making Systems Resilient”, organised in partnership with Dr Nathan Crilly, from the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge.
  • 17 November 2014

    CSaP Policy Workshop: Affordable Housing

    CSaP teamed up with the Cambridge Centre for Housing Planning Research (CCHPR) to run a workshop to discuss policy options for improving the supply of affordable housing.
  • 22 May 2013

    Reducing poverty in the UK: what are the most important questions to answer?

    Earlier this month, CSaP partnered with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to host a two-day workshop in Cambridge which brought together experts from academia, government and the voluntary sector to discuss the changing face of poverty in the UK.
  • 26 June 2012

    Global Uncertainties Policy Workshop

    On 13 June, at the Royal Society, CSaP Visiting Fellow Tristram Riley-Smith brought together leading academics and policy-makers to discuss the relationship between national security challenges and academic research.
  • 25 January 2012

    How science can influence policy

    There are certain practical realities when it comes to bringing the implications of research to the attention of policy makers. To discuss these and more, the Centre for Science and Policy ran a roundtable meeting of selected individuals from Whitehall and the University of Cambridge on 25 January.
  • 11 October 2011

    Cyber Defence and NATO workshop

    CSaP hosted a workshop with NATO Science for Peace on 10 and 11 October in Wolfson College, Cambridge. It was the first event of a new CSaP Cyber Defence Project, and brought together experts from the private sector, defence, law and policy making to discuss the realities of cyber warfare.
  • 29 September 2011

    Measuring national well-being

    This CSaP workshop considered whether there were suitable methods for recording national well-being and how such data would become incorporated into policy decisions.
  • 21 July 2011

    Threats to the university, humanities and science

    Despite generating an historic amount of research in fields barely imaginable a generation ago, some consider the reputation of science to be at an all time low. Events such "Climategate" at the University of East Anglia amongst others have led to many becoming disillusioned with science and questioning the role that scientists and universities should play in the modern world.
  • 21 June 2011

    An international workshop on climate change and clean energy

    CSaP was delighted to partner with the Renewable Energy and International Law network and the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University for a two-day forum which convened in Cambridge on 20 and 21 June 2011.
  • 16 June 2011

    Whole Genome Sequencing

    Whole genome sequencing will throw up ethical and legal issues and new regulatory challenges. There will also be practical issues to consider, such as how whole genome sequencing services will be delivered for the NHS and other users.
  • 28 April 2011

    The Role of Science in Policy

    On 28 April, the Centre for Science and Policy and the Government Office for Science co-delivered a seminar in London on the role of science in policy.
  • 11 April 2011

    Science and Policy Research Questions Workshop

    This one-day workshop brought together 40 prominent researchers and policy professionals to deliberate on the most important questions on the relationship between science and policy.
  • 16 March 2011

    Research, Policy & Practice for Innovation in the High-Tech Economy

    A workshop on innovation in life sciences, clean energy and ICT for researchers, policy makers and business people in Cambridge and Massachusetts, as part of the Innovation Economy Mission to the UK.
  • 26 January 2011

    How Children Learn

    On 25 January 2011, CSaP and Cambridge Assessment jointly delivered a seminar for Parliamentarians on the subject of "how children learn". The discussion that followed ranged widely across a number of important topics.
  • 25 November 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.
  • 28 October 2010

    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.
  • 30 September 2010

    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.
  • 15 June 2010

    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?
  • 28 April 2010

    Innovating in Innovation

    CSaP is working with the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC) and others to design a consultation, seminar and workshop programme which will bring together the latest research and those who are best placed to apply it.
  • 1 February 2010

    The Impact of Impact

    Participants in the CSaP's inaugural Associate Seminar on 27 January had a ringside seat as Andy Parker (Professor of High Energy Physics) went head-to-head with Dr David Sweeney (HEFCE's Director of Research, Innovation and Skills).