• Thursday 28th March 2019, 18:30 – 19:30
  • Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College
  • Register for this lecture here.

    Are you an international scientist working in the UK? Is there an impact on policies about international mobility of researchers? Do you consider your research to be innovative? Would you like to learn more about the policy behind innovative research? In our last lecture of the term, ‘How do you shape policy for science, scientist?’, our speakers will cover current topics discussed in the policy-making for science, from researchers’ mobility to innovative research.

    Guest speakers:
    Dr Catherine Lichten – Senior Analyst, RAND Europe
    Dr Steven Wooding – Lead for Research and Analysis, Cambridge Science and Policy (CSaP)

    This lecture will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

  • 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.

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

    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 century has created more jobs than it made redundant and that it has favoured high-rather than low-skilled jobs. Voices claiming that this technological change led to mass unemployment have been proven largely wrong.

    But at the dawn of a new major technological shift, it is legitimate to revisit these questions and conclusions. Is the automation of labour as we might see it in the next few years fundamentally different? If almost all jobs that neither require a college degree nor advanced social skills were replaced by robots and sophisticated algorithms within the next two decades, what would human labour look like? How do we need to adapt our social organisation and tax system? And does this transformation make a Universal Basic Income inevitable?


    Professor Guy Standing, co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network, author of many books about universal basic income (see list below) and the key advisor to the working group of the Labour party investigating universal basic income. His website can be accessed here.

    Dr. Malcolm Torry, Director of the Citizen’s Income Trust and honorary research fellow in the Social Policy Department at the LSE. From 1980 to 2014 he served in full-time posts in the Church of England’s ministry. Since 2014 he has given most of his time to the debate on a Citizen’s or Basic Income and is the author of many books about this topic. His London School of Economics (LSE) webpage is here.

    Please register on Eventbrite here.

    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 rising temperatures, it is increasingly becoming difficult to expand production fast enough to cater to the booming population growth. Food systems and food security have always been a matter of geopolitics and it is becoming all the more important in the contemporary times. 

    Cambridge Food Security Forum (CamFSF) and the Cambridge University Science Policy and Exchange (CUSPE), in cooperation with the Trinity Postdoctoral Society, bring to you a lecture on the geopolitical nuances of food systems.

    The event will start with a keynote by Dr. David Nally, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. This will be followed by a panel discussion and questions by the audience. We are happy to confirm the following panelists:

    • Carol Ibe, founder of JR Biotek Foundation
    • Professor Nigel Poole, SOAS University of London
    • Ian Manning, Cambridgeshire County Council Member


    The event will be followed by a panel discussion and drinks reception.

    Please register on Eventbrite here.