Past Events


Effective Policy to Address the UK’s STEM Gap: Education, Immigration & Women in Science

Date: 8th June, 2015 Start Time: 17:30 hrs Venue: Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are fields at the heart of innovation and the UK’s economy. Recent YouGov research shows that, according to both businesses and academics, nearly 60% of employers of STEM graduates think there

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06/03/2015 – International development: where is the evidence?

After a brief introduction to both CUSPE and Giving What We Can from Corinna Frey our first speaker, Professor Christopher Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development UK, began the event by arguing that in his opinion scientific research and international development work very well together. He further argued that international development

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22/01/2015 – The Future of Education: Evidence and Technology in the Classroom

What is the future of education in terms of technology and evidence? What kinds of research techniques, such as random controlled trials (RCTs), can contribute to an evidence-based education system? Should education policy be based on such types of evidence in the first place? These were just some of the questions addressed at the first

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15/10/2014 – The Digital Agenda for Europe: More Innovative, More Sustainable, More Inclusive?

The first CUSPE event of the 2014-2015 calendar was held at Clare College on 15th October. The evening began with a brief oversight of CUSPE, our aims, and a description of the motivation behind the evening’s event: being half way through the EU flagship policy from 2010, CUSPE believed it was a useful time to

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10/6/2014 – CUSPE Annual Policy Review

Policy Under the Influence: To What Extent Does Scientific Evidence Influence Policy Making? Minimum Alcohol Pricing in the UK The Royal Society, London An exciting year in the CUSPE calendar came to an end this week with the inaugural CUSPE Annual Policy Review. The event saw over 150 delegates from the worlds of policy, industry

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14/4/2014 – From Lab to Market

CUSPE hosted another fascinating event which explored how to encourage the commercialisation of university research, a topic which resonated particularly strongly given the research excellence of Cambridge and the current government’s focus on maximising the economic output of academia. The make-up of the panel of speakers reflected the important role of government, with Alice Frost

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20/2/2014 – The Role of Research in meeting our Energy Challenges

As always, the energy sector faces huge challenges in moving towards sustainable, secure and affordable energy. Such challenges require the skills and expertise from both energy research and energy policy. How is the current relationship between research and policy affecting our efforts to rise to these challenges, and what should we be doing to build

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29/1/2014 Water: Commodity or Human Right?

Water is, of course, essential to human life. But how best to ensure that all humanity, stretched across the Earth and inhabiting such a climatically and geographically varied range of locations, has access to this most vital of resources? Does the free market or regulation hold the solution? At this fascinating talk the speakers offered

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6/12/13 – DEFRA Workshop

On the 6th December CUSPE organised for a group of early-career researchers (ECRs) from various departments across Cambridge to meet with early-career policy professionals (ECPs) at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The ECPs were composed of assistant economists and members of the civil service Fast Stream program within Defra, whilst the

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4/12/2013 The Flawed Dominance of Economics: Engaging other Social Sciences in Government

Is economics too influential in government, and why? Should other social sciences be brought in to provide a better evidence base for policy making? How can this be achieved? Following the financial crisis of recent years, orthodox economics has been subject to considerable scrutiny. It has been accused of failing to accurately model the real

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