• Date: Thurdsay 7th March 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 (TIME TBC)
  • Location: Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall Cambridge
  • Join us for an evening with elected county councillors and senior local government officers from the Cambridgeshire County Council to discuss key policy questions affecting the lives of local residents, and how research can contribute to the council’s work in addressing these issues. Additional details, including speakers and the policy areas to be covered, will be announced in a subsequent newsletter.

    This event will mark the launch of the 2019 round of the Policy Challenges, a skills-based volunteering programme in which teams of early-career researchers work directly with the county council over a six-month period to formulate evidence-based recommendations on local policy issues. All are welcome to attend the event, whether or not you intend to apply for the Policy Challenges.

    The county council are in the process of identifying policy areas for the 2019 Policy Challenges, which will run from March to September. Topics under consideration include: outcomes measurement in commerce and investment policy, local government services for generation Z, evaluating the impact of a public health programme, and how architecture affects local schools. The final selection of topics will be announced when applications open in early March.

    Click here for more information on the 2019 Policy Challenges, and to register your interest in applying.

    Many of us wonder where to live in the upcoming 10-20 years. There are so many opportunities around the world for us; travelling and moving was never so easy. Today, England may be our home, tomorrow it might be Japan and in 5 years the US. Recently, there have been many innovative ideas in trying to solve these megaproblems. Advanced technologies together with smart policy-making will be the key in solving these issues.


    Dr. Yin Jin is a the director of the Martin Center at the University of Cambridge. Ying Jin will use his current work for the long term planning of Cambridge city region as an example to discuss how to foresee the growth and change of cities, and why it is particularly important to understand societal and technological trends today in designing cities

    C. J. Lim is a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University College London. His work addresses what the spatial and phenomenological implications are when sustainable design is applied to a city and the role that citizens play in the production of a relevant social space.

    The workshop is relevant to anyone seeking to influence policy makers, explain the significance of their research or improve their writing skills. It will cover the key aspects of writing to support policy development. This will be an interactive session, including time for Q&A.

    Speaker: Dr Andrew Kaye, Head of International Resilience, Government Office for Science

    Dr Kaye is currently responsible for coordinating science advice during emergencies. Previously he has been a ministerial speechwriter, worked in government communications and lectured in American history.

    • Date: 28th November 2018, 17:50 – 20:00 (including a drinks reception)
    • Location: Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 4

    What does the UK Parliament do? How can scientists engage with Parliamentary themes?

    A lot of scientific research has policy impact. The UK Parliament is the main policy-making body in this country. Come to our event to learn more about how scientific insight is implemented in Parliament. The main topics of the workshop will include current themes discussed by the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST). The workshop is open to both UK and international students with an interest in scientific research with a policy impact.

    The workshop was led by Sky Yarlett, Senior Education and Engagement Officer, UK Parliament.

    Sky’s role includes raising awareness of Parliament’s activities and promoting higher engagement from different groups, particularly hard-to-reach ones, such as BAME, women, unemployed or low-income groups. Sky has a degree in Contemporary Media Practice from the University of Westminster and her professional experience includes running different student or LGBTQ+ campaigns and promoting student representation at different levels.

    Erin Cullen, Head of Publications 2017/18

    An emerging technology is a technology that is in development, or that will be developed in the next decade. It is a technology that is capable of changing the status quo, and to disrupt the business or social environment in which it finds itself. But regulation for these technologies is proving to be a challenge, and it will be necessary to find a balance between protecting society and ensuring that innovation is not stifled.

    The Cambridge Science and Policy Forum, held by CUSPE in 2018 was the first in the society’s history. One of the important topics tackled by experts at the forum was opportunities for collaboration in regulating emerging technologies. Artificial intelligence and machine learning were discussed in detail as two of the new technologies that governments will soon need to consider. The impasse that can be reached between policy makers and developers was addressed, along with the perceived usefulness of regulation. The potential of ‘reusing’ existing regulation for new technologies was also discussed in great detail.

    All of these articles highlight the challenges for policy makers when legislating in a rapidly changing technological environment. I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as we have enjoyed editing and working on the publications team this year.

    Read the full special issue here ↵

    Thank you to the authors that agreed to have their contributions included in this mini-release. And of course a great many thanks to all the fantastic editors who worked hard in the 2017-2018 year: Hinal Tanna, Philipe Bujold, Roxine Staats, Maggie Westwater, Shan Chong, Amber Ruigrok.