Professional Development Policy Workshop for Behavioural Scientists

2 December 2014

2 December 2014 (10am – 6:15pm)


Venue: The Howard Building, Downing College Cambridge

Cambridge Neuroscience and the Centre for Science and Policy are jointly organising a workshop for early career researchers at Cambridge. The workshop will take place on 2 December in Downing College.

Themes covered

The themes of this workshop will align closely with the current ESRC strategic challenges and will cover topics such as understanding behaviour and decision-making, mental health, ageing and well-being.

Seminar Format

Session 1: Presentations from scientists who have been engaged in the policy process

Scientists discuss the role they play in providing evidence to policy makers – how the process works and the challenges they face. Scientists will also provide advice to early career researchers on how to get into the policy advising arena.

Session 2: Working in groups

Early career researchers break into groups to address a ‘policy challenge’, and feed their conclusions back to a panel of policy makers and academics. The policy challenge will be related to the topics “understanding behaviour” and “health & wellbeing”.

Session 3: Response from the policy panel

The policy panel responds to the earlier discussions and feedback from early career researchers, and discuss their roles in the policy making process and how scientific evidence is sought. They will outline the currently important questions on this topic for policy makers. They will also offer advice to early career researchers on how the science community might best engage with policy makers.

Confirmed speakers

See below for a list of confirmed speakers and chairs.


  • 10:00 Arrival and Coffee
  • 10:30 Welcome and Introductions (Professor Ed Bullmore, and Dr Robert Doubleday)
  • 10:40 What is Policy?
  • 11:00 Session 1: Presentations from scientists who have been engaged in the policy process
  • 12:00 Q&A and discussion
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Session 2: A 'policy challenge' - working in groups
  • 15:15 Tea
  • 15:30 Session 3: Presentations from policy makers
  • 16:30 Q&A and discussion
  • 17:00 Wrap up
  • 17:15 Drinks & networking
  • 18:15 Close

Who should attend?

This neuroscience workshop is open to late stage PhD students, post docs and early stage Principal Investigators at the University of Cambridge. Attendees should have a background in the understanding of behaviour and/or in health and wellbeing.

This workshop is only open to members of the University of Cambridge. A number of spaces have been allocated to ESRC funded researchers.

How to register


For more information, please contact Jackie Ouchikh.


This is a Cambridge Neuroscience and ESRC-funded workshop. CSaP workshops for early-career researchers cover a range of themes. To date, CSaP has held workshops for climate scientists, biologists, engineers, technology researchers, health scientists, nanoscientists, and researchers from the chemical sciences. More information on these can be found on our website here: http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/events/?category=2.

Professor Michelle Baddeley

UTS: University of Technology Sydney

Kilian Bourke

Cambridgeshire County Council

Dr Laura Haynes

Behaviour Change People

Professor Dame Theresa Marteau

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

Professor David Nutt

Imperial College London

Dr Miles Parker

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor Barbara Sahakian

Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Harriet Wallace

Imperial College London

Steve Welsh

Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Charlotte Sausman

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Dervila Glynn

Cambridge Neuroscience

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge