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During the Covid-19 pandemic, our team has been working to connect policymakers with the expertise they need to engage in evidence-based decision-making. We've been hosting regular workshops which connect experts with policymakers, and have been recording a weekly podcast series in partnership with the Cambridge Immunology Network and Cambridge Infectious Diseases. You can keep up to date with our latest information on the coronavirus pandemic here.


  • 26 April 2022

    Science advice and government: Covid modelling

    How have scientists contributed to UK government decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic? In CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast, Dr Rob Doubleday was joined by Julia Gog, Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Cambridge, and Sir John Aston, Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life.
  • 6 April 2022

    Science advice and government: Ebola

    For CSaP's Science and Policy Podcast, the Centre's Executive Director Dr Rob Doubleday was joined by Sir Oliver Letwin, a former Cabinet Minister, Professor Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Professor Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer for England, to discuss how science advice was used by decision-makers during the Ebola Outbreak in 2014.
  • 29 March 2022

    Democracy and distrust after the pandemic

    The University of Cambridge's 2022 Dr Seng Tee Lee Lecture was delivered by Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School in the U.S. Her talk at St John's College, Cambridge, concerned how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the nature of our current model of trust, the political nature of expert institutions, and state-level differences in public reasoning.
  • 22 March 2022

    Chief Scientific Advisers

    The Centre for Science and Policy has launched a new podcast season discussing how science advice has been used by decision-makers in government. In the first episode, CSaP welcomes Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School in the U.S.
  • 4 March 2022

    Global Pandemic Response, Public Health and Sustainability

    The University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Lecture was held on 01 March 2022 and was delivered online by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization. The lecture series, which engages partners from CEENRG and CSAP as well as CISDL and others, is driven by the urgency to inspire and innovate the world’s best and brightest minds.
  • 17 December 2021

    Arm’s length bodies in the COVID-19 response

    The Centre for Science and Policy hosted a seminar on how ALBs were used in the COVID-19 response, as part of its Policy Fellow series on the government’s use of data, science, and evidence. Speakers Matthew Gill and Grant Dalton, from the Institute for Government, outlined their research on the interface between health focused ALBs and central government during the pandemic.
  • 25 November 2021

    Government data, science and evidence: health and social care statistics

    As part of the CSaP Policy Fellow seminar series on government’s use of data, science and evidence, Ed Humpherson, Director General at UK Statistics Authority, discussed the Office for Statistics Regulation report: Improving health and social care statistics: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Oct 2021).
  • 14 October 2021

    Climate change and the economy: what COP26 needs to know

    With weeks to go until COP26, CSaP's Executive Director Rob Doubleday talks to two of Cambridge's leading economists Dr Matthew Agarwala and Dr Cristina Peñasco, about what leaders need to know and do, to delivery a clean, green recovery. The event was hosted as part of the University of Cambridge's Alumni Festival 2021.
  • 13 October 2021

    The rapid decarbonisation of healthcare

    Healthcare is one of the largest contributors to the UK’s total carbon footprint. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the NHS experienced a rapid change in the delivery of healthcare: can this sense of critical urgency be harnessed and applied to the decarbonisation of the National Health Service?
  • 28 July 2020

    Science, Policy & Pandemics: Covid-19 in India

    As part of our podcast series on science, policy and pandemics, we explored the economic, food security, and health systems impacts of covid-19 in India.