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


  • Unfortunately, our Science and Policy Forum (conference) has been postponed to a later date, due to the latest government advice on coronavirus. Please check our Facebook page and our website for future updates on the event.


The Cambridge Science and Policy Forum is an annual event organized by the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange Society (CUSPE). This year’s event consists of keynotes, panel discussions, and Horizon scanning presentations on a variety of science policy topics related to sustainability.

If you are interested in how scientific research impacts policy, or how as a scientist you can become involved in policy then this is the event for you. Whether you are a hardcore scientist wanting to learn more about the world of policy making, or someone who is considering a career move outside of the lab, then come along and find out more!

The event is intended to encourage debate and interaction between both policy makers and academics, and to help facilitate cooperation between the two sides to create evidenced based policies. We will be debating environmental and sustainability challenges in science and science policy and hear from speakers from academia, policy and beyond.

Speakers of the 2020 Forum (conference) include:

Professor Mark Burgman – Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London

Andrew Millar – Chief Scientific Adviser to Scottish Government

Dr Emily Shuckburgh – Leader of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER)

Professor Colin Talbot – Former adviser to UK Parliamentary Committees

Dr Stuart Rogers – Director of Environment and Ecosystem science at CEFAS


This year, there will also be an opportunity for you to get involved in our Horizon 2030 session which is based on the Horizon Scanning exercises of the Government Office for Science. If you are interested in identifying a key trend in your field, predict implications a decade into the future and present the outcomes to a policy maker you can find further information here:

Horizons 2030 Project


Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions: