Science on the Inside

28 April 2011


Over the past decade, scientific advice in Government has become more co-ordinated and has broadened its reach across a greater number of departments and policy units. The Centre for Science and Policy and the Government Office for Science (GO-Science) are planning a joint event which will bring together scientists and policy professionals to explore the increasing impact of science on policy from the perspective of practitioners.

The seminar, which will take place on Thursday 28 April (2.30pm – 6pm) in London will convene a panel of scientists who have experience of working inside policy making, and policy professionals (some of whom will be untrained in the sciences) who work with scientific evidence and scientists.

Discussions will focus on what the panellists have learned about scientific research and its relevance to the improvement of public policy, as well as how a science presence inside Whitehall has contributed to the understanding of what universities are for.


14:30 – Arrival & Registration

15:00 – Welcome & Introductions: Lord Willis of Knaresborough (Chair)

15:20 – Panel Presentations:

  • Professor Brian Collins CB FREng, Chief Scientific Adviser for, BIS and DfT
  • Marie-Anne Mackenzie, Head of Manufacturing and Materials, BIS
  • Graham Pendlebury, Director of Greener Transport and International, DfT
  • Dr Rob Sullivan, Head, Broadband Delivery UK, BIS

16:00 – Questions and Discussion

16.45 – Wrap up

17:00 – Informal discussions and opportunities for networking

18:00 – Close

Who should attend?

The audience will include academics and policy makers from both science and non-science backgrounds working in science related areas who wish to engage in discussion and debate with others across the government scientific community, and think longer term about career paths and goals.


BIS Conference Centre
1 Victoria Street

If you would like to receive an invitation, please send an email to events@csap.cam.ac.uk

Professor Brian Collins

University College London (UCL), Faculty of Engineering Science

Graham Pendlebury

Department for Transport (DfT)

Dr Robert Sullivan

Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Lord Philip Willis

House of Lords

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Chris Tyler

University College London (UCL)

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