• Date: Tuesday 16th October 2017, 18:30
  • Location: Nihon Room, Pembroke College

Join CUSPE and a number of other organisations for brief introductions to learn more about the science policy community in Cambridge.

This drinks reception is the perfect chance to find out about the role of science in policy making, to hear from policy-related organisations and initiatives in Cambridge – such as CUSPE, The Wilberforce Society and Shaping Horizons – and to meet policy professionals, other researchers and students interested in science policy.

This event is free to attend, with short talks starting at 18:30.

Due to limited places for this event, sign up in advance here.

  • Title: Policy outbreak! Policymaking during health crises
  • Date: 31st October 2018, 18:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College
  • Registration: click here for the Eventbrite page.

Emergence of health crises and outbreaks of infectious disease are a global issue. Mitigation of these crises requires rapid and interdisciplinary solutions. Come and hear about policy making in health crises from our invited experts in the field.

Our speakers include:

Elizabeth Surkovic – the Head of Policy, Resilience and Emerging Technologies at the Royal Society. She has worked as a Deputy Director for Science at the Government Office for Science working at the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies during the Ebola and Zika outbreaks and developed worked on “Emergency Behaviours” during her CSaP Fellowship.

Dr Jane Greatorex – Team leader in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in 2015 and Honorary Scientist at Public Health England. She is also the Director of Studies in Pre-Clinical Medical and Veterinary Sciences at Lucy Cavendish College. Dr Greatorex has had a long career in academic and clinical science, and remains on the list of scientists that may be called upon to respond in the event of a health crisis.

  • Title: Is there a doctor (PhD) in the room? The role of scientific advice in crisis response
  • Date: 1st November 2018, 17:30 – 20:30
  • Location: The Peter Richards Room, Hughes Hall
  • Registration: click here for the Eventbrite page.

In times of crises , the government can call experts to give scientific advice for response and management. This first workshop of the term will provide Cambridge early-career researchers with an understanding of how policy-making is affected by crises. It will be led by experts working in civil service and academia on different fields, including Dr Andrew Kaye (Government Office for Science – Head of International Resilience), Dr Julius Weitzdörfer (University of Cambridge – Director of Studies in Law) and Dr Emily So (University of Cambridge – Director of Studies in Architecture).

The workshop will include discussions on ensuring the quality of scientific advice in a crisis, as well as how future policies could build resilience against such events. The speakers will deliver a short presentation about their work and how it influences policy, followed by a case-scenario for the workshop attendees where the speakers will advise and question their decisions to make them more robust.

By Stephanie Bazley

In an increasingly digitised world, those within STEM fields have a responsibility to communicate their research in an accessible manner to the funders and end-users of their innovation. Steps should be taken to incentivise improved scientific communication by scientists via social media, open source publishing and outreach programs. In this way, we can ensure equal access to research across society, and increased acceptance of innovation, whilst avoiding costly delays to their implementation.

The scientific field was built upon the basic core principles of collaboration and distribution. With the digital age came renewed opportunities for integration with the community. Now, the foundations of science and healthcare are once again changing, as paradigm-shifting technologies such as AI-powered healthcare solutions and genomic medicine become the norm. If our communities do not understand and accept these new services, any positive impact is significantly limited. In order to find a resolution to this problem, we need to focus on improved scientific communication and education, through re-examined frameworks for scientific impact and funding.

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By Kasey Markel

The preservation of our environment is an ethical imperative and one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century. By necessity, much of the battle to protect the environment will be waged at the level of policy. However, the track record of environmental legislation shows much room for improvement, a development that will only be reliably achieved when it becomes common practice to rigorously evaluate the effects of all policies with scientifically rigorous studies, prospectively as part of the planning process and retrospectively after widespread implementation. Environmental scientists are uniquely positioned by virtue of their biological expertise, scientific training, and statistical skills to take an active role in this evaluation process.

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