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 pursue a role in science policy.

Where? Old Divinity School, St John’s College

When? Monday 23rd April, 2 – 6 pm


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[headline]Call for Abstracts [/headline]– Policy-related societies, event organisers and individuals are invited to participate actively in our event by presenting a poster. Whether the mission of your poster would be to introduce your society, report on the outcomes of an activity you organised, or advertise future events, we are interested to hear about your poster ideas. Abstracts (max. 250 words) can be submitted to until 13th of April 12 PM.



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.

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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.

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November 21st, 6:30 pm – Gonville and Caius College, Bateman Auditorium

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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 should we aim to use them to eradicate diseases? If so, what would the implications be, and are the risks too high?

In this event we will aim to consider all of these questions and more, through lectures given by three experts in the fields of gene editing, bioethics and law. The intersection where these topics meet will be explored and further discussed through a panel and questions from the chair and audience.


Dr. Sarah Chan

Sarah is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with the degrees of LLB and BSc (Hons) and spent some years as a laboratory scientist in the field of molecular biology before moving to work in science policy and bioethics

Dr. Jayne Spink

Jayne is the CEO of Genetic Alliance UK where she develops strategies together with trustees and staff and oversees business support functions – including finance, fundraising and governance. She also provides oversight of their policy and public affairs work, member and public engagement, support services and research.

Elizabeth Bohm

Elizabeth was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Royal Society and is currently Head of International at the Academy of Medical Science. With a background in law, ethics and biology, she is interested in where these things meet.


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 the end of the registration form. We will send a confirmation email to you if you have secured a place.***

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Event description:

You might know your science very well, but do you know your audience? While targeted messaging is a common practice among politicians, businesses and the press, scientists can be slow to realise that facts alone do not always convince. We believe that “if you can’t beat them, join them”. We have invited experts from the fields of psychometrics, polling and communications to share with us their expertise. Join us if you are interested in understanding why people think the way they do about certain policies, advertisements or a newspaper headlines. Not to forget, the lessons from the workshop will surely be applicable to how you frame your own research!


Joe Twyman, founding director of YouGov. Currently the Head of Political and Social Research for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Having dedicated his career to election studies, often in foreign countries, Joe is frequently featured on major TV channels providing expert election analysis.

Vesselin Popov, the Business Development Director of the Psychometric Centre of the Cambridge Judge Business School. His expertise is on the use of Big Data Psychology in developing products strategies.

Sam Jeffers, the Co-founder of Who Targets Me?, a project that investigates and monitors how politicians are trying to win your vote through targeted Facebook advertising.


Event will be followed by a drinks reception.