Exactly 365 days ago, CUSPE held its first major public event. Dr. Mani Manimohan, Matias Attwell, Nico Perez and Jon Crowcroft spoke to a full Trinity Hall lecture theatre on the 11th of September, 2012 and debated the issue of net neutrality, internet policies and access to online information. As is evident through a number of international and national events since then (ranging from Snowden’s revelations to the vast changes in the European telecoms market proposed by Neelie Kroes, the Vice-President of the European Commission), the topic of our first debate has by no means lost momentum.
In many ways the dynamism of our first event’s topic is representative of the recent progress within CUSPE: apart from holding six highly successful events, we have seen our members work within or for policy-making bodies, procured and produced evidence-based publications, developed a set of upcoming science-policy workshops, and – last but not least – elected a new committee.
All I can say is happy first birthday, CUSPE – it has been an amazing year!
To read Patrick’s recent contribution on to Research Fortnight on early-career researcher involvement in policymaking, click here