Expertise, trust and public policy

28 June 2018, 9am


2018 CSaP Annual Conference

28 June 2018, The Royal Society, London

The challenges facing government require ever more sophisticated use of data and evidence. At the same time, public legitimacy of expertise is called into question.
What are the terms under which data can be used by government to improve public policy outcomes? To what extent are experts open and accountable to the wider public?
This conference will highlight specific cases where these issues are being addressed.

Our 2018 annual conference will bring together members of our extensive network to discuss some of the opportunities for policy makers at both local and national levels to draw on academic expertise in support of more effective public policy.

To book your place at the conference, please click here.

In addition to widely discussed questions of the relevance and timeliness of expertise to inform policy making, discussions will focus on the importance of public trust and legitimacy:

  • On what terms should experts have a voice in public policy making?
  • How should the relevance and quality of their contributions be judged?
  • Who should be accountable for expert contributions?

Plenary sessions throughout the day will offer examples of how the latest research has the potential to help shape policy as the UK prepares for Brexit.

Download the latest agenda here
Topics include
  • Public policy for behaviour change
  • Data science and AI for policy
  • Advanced manufacturing: future opportunities for the UK
  • Uncertainty, communication and trust
Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

The day will start with a keynote from Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, who will set out his agenda and ambitions for his new role.

Registration and cost of attending
  • Students and postdocs - £30
  • CSaP Fellows - £95
  • Government, academia. learned societies and voluntary sector - £130
  • Industry - £300

Costs include attendance at all sessions, as well as lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To book your place at the conference, please click here

Conference sponsors

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Dr Karen Croxson

Financial Conduct Authority

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Keith Hodgkinson

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)

Helen Margetts

Oxford Internet Institute

Professor Dame Theresa Marteau

Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU), University of Cambridge

Emily Miles

Food Standards Agency

Professor Tim Minshall

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge

Dr Helen Munn

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Professor Guy Poppy

Food Standards Agency

Hetan Shah

British Academy

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Harriet Wallace

Imperial College London

Rosa Wilkinson

High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Professor James Wilson

University College London (UCL)

Sir Patrick Vallance

Natural History Museum

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

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