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Cambridge Science and Policy Forum

The Cambridge Science & Policy Forum aims to stress the importance of the interaction between science and policy, offering a view on where this interaction is still lacking but also giving positive examples where evidence has been crucial in decision making. Our main goal is to reach early-career researchers, increasing understanding and encouraging them to

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5th March: Robots, artificial intelligence and the future of labour – Do we need a Universal Basic Income?

5th March, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – St John’s College, Old Divinity School, Main Lecture Theatre Recent technological developments, especially in the field of machine learning, robotics, and A.I. have both wiped out entire sectors and created demand for new skills. There is considerable evidence that the technological change observed over the course of the last

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Innovation in the Fight Against Infectious Diseases

By Daniela Rodriguez-Rincon   The discovery of antibiotics in 1928 led the world to believe that the fight against infectious diseases was one to be won within a few years. Nowadays, nearly 90 years following the discovery of penicillin, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality worldwide, with lower respiratory tract infections,

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Violet Gavin prepares maize she has grown inside her small hut in  Chimteka, Malawi in April 2009. Violet receives financial assistance through the Social Cash Transfer Scheme run by UNICEF, with assistance from Australia, which helps her to pay for basic needs.  Photo: Kate Holt/Africa Practice  Contact with the URL of an image or images to obtain a high resolution original.

16th February: Geopolitics of Food Systems

February 16th, 7 pm – Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College New Court, CB2 1TJ Ever since agriculture was taken up by mankind as an organized pursuit, producing enough grain to make it to the next harvest season has always been a challenge for the farming communities. With falling water tables, soil erosion, plateauing grain yields and

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gene editing

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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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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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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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: 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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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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