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November 16: How to Target your Message – Learning from Psychometricians, Election Pollsters and Communication Experts

CUSPE Workshops present ‘How to Target your Message – Learning from Psychometricians, Election Pollsters and Communication Experts‘ on 16th November 2017 from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm at the Barbara White Room, Newnham College. ***Places for the workshop are limited to 40 attendees so please tell us how you will benefit from attending the workshop at

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November 2: Scientist to Politician – Making evidence-based policy decisions

November 2nd, 19:30-21:00 – Emmanuel College, Queens Lecture Theatre Scientist, Councillor, Politician: Meet Julian Huppert For anyone who’s been in Cambridge long enough, Julian was the lynchpin of the Liberal Democrat stronghold in Cambridge from 2010 to 2015. To others, he is a distinguished biologist and ex-fellow of Clare College. Recognised as the ‘top backbencher’

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November 21: Gene editing – the good, the bad, and the legal

November 21st, 6:30 pm – Gonville and Caius College, Bateman Auditorium Register here. DESCRIPTION Gene editing, where should we draw a line? How far can we go? The use of genetic techniques to edit human genes is one of the most controversial topics in modern science. Should these be used only as research tools, or

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October 23: Cambridge Policy Kick-off

October 23, 18:00-20:00 Junior Parlour, Trinity College Sign up here. Trinity’s Post-Doctoral Society and Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange introduce Cambridge-based science-policy organisations. Location Directions: https://www.srcf.ucam.org/curiding/juniorparlour Trinity’s Post-Doctoral Society aims that Postdoctoral researchers can meet others from different disciplines, share ideas, and enhance their Cambridge experience. Based on this premise we joint efforts. Cambridge

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October 30: Data Science and Democracy – Fake News, Fake Realities?

October 30, 18:30-20:00 followed by reception Cripps Court Auditorium (Chesterton Road, near Magdalene College main court) Sign up here. Big Data, Psychometrics, targeted advertising: Data Science is changing how politicians and other influencers interact with the public. “Dark Ads” on Facebook are only shown to people with specific views, tailored to their interests and fears. Do

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Book Review: Utopia for Realists By Rutger Bregman

Put on your utopic glasses, and get inspired… by Karen Stroobants Are we still able to think big, to imagine a better world than the one we currently live in? Rutger Bregman, a young Dutch historian, certainly thinks so. I have been following his activities for a while now, as he strongly believes in the concept of ‘a basic income for everyone’, and

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Income Inequality and the Internet of Things: interesting links between ‘socially just’ and ‘environmentally sustainable’

“In these cases, what seems to be crucial is the connection between efforts to reduce inequality and to adopt technologies in sectors such as water and waste management, which are absolutely crucial for Climate Change policies. In terms of policy, it appears that ‘socially just’ is very close to ‘environmentally sustainable.’” By Nicolás Valenzuela-Levi Public interest on income inequality increased during the last decade. Among scholars,

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Special Issue 2017: Science, Technology & Inequality

  The Special Issue 2017 is dedicated to the tensions between science, technology, policy and inequality. Inside we have articles by four wonderful authors covering gender, income inequality, solar panels, universal basic income, network technologies and much more. Look no further for a glimpse into the ongoing negotiation between society and science.   The Special

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Insect Pollinators and Policy

‘Bees and other wild pollinators are fascinating, beautiful, and vital to our food production. They have pollinated our crops for millennia; now it’s time for us to return the favour.’ – Dave Goulson, DEFRA by Erin Cullen Pollination is the process of pollen being transferred to the female reproductive organs of a plant and fertilisation taking

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On the Road to 2025: The Global Dementia Decline

Most diseases have sudden well-defined symptoms, but isn’t forgetfulness just a part of ageing? How do you know when you should be concerned?  by Philip Lindstedt With the increasing life expectancy of the global population age-associated diseases stand to become the greatest plague of the 21st century. Indeed, in the U.K. dementia has recently overtaken heart

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