Day 1 (23 November): Sustainability challenges of the coming decade

Join us on day one of CUSPE’s forum on ‘Science policy for a sustainable future’ to discuss the environmental and technological challenges our democratic systems will be facing in the coming decade.

Along with expert talks by the Director of research at the Environment Agency and the Director of Cambridge Zero, this day will also see our Horizon 2030 session, which is based on ‘Horizon Scanning’ exercises in the futures toolkit of the Government Office for Science. In this session, students and early-career researchers will predict the outcome of a key trend in their field, a decade into the future.  (find out how to participate in this session under Get your tickets here!


4.30 – 4.40 pm Welcome
4.40 – 5.10 pm Keynote 1: Doug Wilson – Director of Research at Environment Agency
5.10 – 5.40 pm Keynote 2: Emily Shuckburgh – Director of Cambridge Zero
5.40 – 6.00 pm Joint Q&A/Discussion
6.00 – 6.10 pm Introduction to Horizon Scanning
 6.10 – 7.00 pm Student Horizon talks (10×5 min)


Day 2 (24 November): “How can individuals encourage positive and lasting change?”

Join us on day two of the Forum to discuss how individuals can encourage positive and lasting change around environmental policy and sustainability. Together with speakers from different institutions we will explore various perspectives on the roles and responsibilities that different institutions (government, citizens, corporations, etc) have to play to bring about systemic change, and how (and whether) individuals can make a difference.

4.30 – 4.40 pm Welcome & Introduction to day 2
4.40 – 5.30 pm




Introduction of the Panellists:

      • Emily Bolton – Climate Change Officer at Cambridgeshire County Council
      • Philip Verpoort – Co-Director of Sortition Foundation
      • Eugenie Dugoua – Environmental Economist at LSE
      • Chidi Oti Obihara – Extinction Rebellion
5.30 – 6.30 pm Panel Discussion on “How can individuals encourage positive and lasting change around environmental policy and sustainability?”


Day 3 (25 November): The Role of academia in a Green Transformation

Join us on the final day of the Forum to hear how academic research can support evidence-based decision making and support more sustainable policies.

Along with expert talks e.g. by the Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy, we will hear about opportunities for early career researchers to interact with policy makers and gain work experience at the science-policy interface

6.30 – 7.00 pmCareers Q&A

4.30 – 4.40 pm Welcome and introduction to day 3
4.40 – 5.10 pm Keynote 1: Mark Burgman – Director of Centre for Environmental Policy
5.10 – 5.40 pm Keynote 2: Ellen Quigley – Responsible Investment advisor at University of Cambride
5.40 – 6.00 pm Joint Q&A/Discussion
6.00 – 6.30 pm





Careers talk on:

  • Government Office for Science Placements
  • Publishing and Editing at Cambridge Journal for Science and Policy
  • Policy Challenges with the Cambridgeshire County Council

And more