2023 CSaP Annual Conference: Science, evidence and public policy – the role of research in policymak...

6 June 2023, 10am


Science, evidence and public policy – the role of research in policymaking

CSaP Annual Conference and Reception

The Royal Society, London
6 June 2023, 10am-6pm followed by reception


Our annual conference brings together policy professionals, academic experts and business leaders to network and discuss how science and research can address the grand challenges of our time. Our conference this year will take place at the Royal Society and will focus on some of the challenges we are currently facing in the UK.


Download the programme here.
Morning sessions
  • Revitalising UK productivity: The power of investment – chaired by Dame Kate Barker, Governing Council, The Productivity Institute; with Professor Jagjit Chadha, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR); and Philip Duffy, DG for Growth and Productivity, HM Treasury
  • Innovation policy for societal challenges: Discussion led by Dr Eoin O'Sullivan, Director, Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge; with Dr Molly Morgan Jones, Director of Policy, the British Academy; and Dan Shah, Director of Investment Strategy and System Insight, UKRI
  • What makes a good policy question?: Discussion led by Professor Magda Osman, Head of Research and Analysis, Centre for Science and Policy; with Vanna Aldin, Deputy Director and Lead Analyst, Business Strategy, DWP; Dr Carrie Heitmeyer, Head of Social Science, Government Office for Science; and Alex Tasker, ESRC Policy Fellow, Cabinet Office
  • Toolkits for Academic Policy Engagement: resources from CAPE – chaired by Dr Amy Beckett, Research Impact Manager (Social Sciences) UCL with Dr Ine Steenmans, Assistant Professor, Futures, Analysis and Policy, UCL; Dr Olivia Stevenson, Deputy Director, Public Policy, UCL; Nicky Buckley, Associate Director, CSaP. Toolkits on Engaging with Evidence (for policy professionals), Co-production in Academic-Policy Engagement and Hosting Policy Fellows will be presented and discussed.
Afternoon sessions
  • Lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic: Led by Richard Gleave, Director of Science Strategy and Development, UK Health Security Agency; with Professor Sharon Peacock, Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement – regional engagement structures and opportunities: chaired by Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research and Strategy, UCL; with Dr Louise Kempton, Director, Insights North East (INE); and Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director, Yorkshire Universities
  • Making Britain well: closing the chasm between evidence and policy in behaviour change for health: chaired by Halima Khan, Affiliated Researcher, Bennett Institute for Public Policy; with Darren Bhattachary, CEO, Basis Social; Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU), Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge; and Dr Tim Leunig, Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State, DHSC; and Senior Visiting Researcher, London School of Economics
  • Ground transport decarbonisation: chaired by Emily Farnworth, Director, Centre for Climate Engagement, Hughes Hall, Cambridge; with Richard Bruce, Director of Decarbonisation, Department for Transport; Professor David Cebon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge; and Jane Dennett-Thorpe, Deputy Director Net Zero Transition, Ofgem
  • Climate & resilience: chaired by Professor Emily So, Director, Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment; with Chris Stark, Executive Director, UK Climate Change Committee, and Rebecca Willis, Professor in Energy and Climate Governance, Lancaster University

How to register

The cost of registration includes access to all sessions at the conference, lunch and refreshments, and the post conference drinks reception.

  • Students and postdocs - £45
  • CSaP Policy Fellows - £110
  • Government, academia, learned societies and voluntary sector - £145
  • Industry - £295
For further information on the conference and how to register, please contact annualconference@csap.cam.ac.uk
Dr Victoria Price

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Vanna Aldin

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Richard Bruce

Department for Transport (DfT)

Nicky Buckley

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor David Cebon

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor Jagjit Chadha

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Philip Duffy

Environment Agency (England and Wales)

Richard Gleave

UK Health Security Agency

Carrie Heitmeyer

Government Office for Science (GO-Science)

Louise Kempton

Insights North East

Dr Tim Leunig

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

Professor Dame Theresa Marteau

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

Dr Molly Morgan Jones

British Academy

Dr Peter O'Brien

Yorkshire Universities

Dr Magda Osman

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Eoin O'Sullivan

Centre for Science Technology & Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor Sharon Peacock

Churchill College, Cambridge

Daniel Shah

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Chris Stark

UK Climate Change Committee (CCC)

Dr Ine Steenmans

University College London (UCL)

Dr Olivia Stevenson

University College London (UCL)

Alex Tasker

Cabinet Office

Professor Rebecca Willis

Lancaster University

Dr Amy Beckett

CAPE - Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement

Sarah Chaytor

University College London (UCL)

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Emily Farnworth

Centre for Climate Engagement, Hughes Hall

Halima Khan

Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor Emily So

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

  • In news articles

    Learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic

    Richard Gleave, UK Health Security Agency, and Professor Sharon Peacock, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, discussed the wider implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on the success of the UK’s COVID-19 Genomics Consortium (COG-UK) in pandemic response and, more broadly, on the evolving role of scientific advice in times of public crises.

  • In news articles

    How do you foster meaningful exchanges between academia and government?

    A discussion at our Annual Conference focused on how government and academia could improve the way they frame policy questions or position research to make it more accessible to one another other.