CSaP launches 5th annual report at reception for Cambridge academics

29 January 2014


On 27 January, Cambridge University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dame Athene Donald, welcomed Cambridge academics to a reception which marked the launch of CSaP's fifth annual report.

Invited speaker, Professor Robin Grimes (Chief Scientific Adviser, FCO) discussed the importance of networks in international scientific advice, and how greater impact could be achieved through building and developing networks of talent and ideas.

Robin went on to describe how networks and networking were key to diplomacy in the UK: "Science diplomacy helps us to bridge links with other countries, and to facilitate people going to and coming back from those countries", he said.

Adding to the discussion, CSaP Visiting Research Fellow Professor Charles Kennel (UCSD), explained that to reach decision-makers around the world in an effective way, it was essential for scientists to build 'knowledge action networks' at a regional level.

Dr David Cleevely (CSaP Founding Director) described CSaP's success in growing its network of experts and decision-makers, reeling off a list of highlights from 2013. These included the launch of the Policy Leaders Fellowship and the Policy Challenges initiative; a collection of essays on future directions for scientific advice; a 50% increase in the number of attendees at events, which had reached more than 2000; and the biggest growth in sign ups to the newsletter with a circulation in excess of 8,000.

To download a copy of CSaP's 2013 annual report, click here.

New initiatives starting in 2014 include: the Visiting Researchers Fellowship; a research programme on the role of networks in shaping policy; and a major project with Microsoft on Cloud law and policy.

Banner image from Ed Brambley via CC4.0

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