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CUSPE Workshops: “An introduction to science in policymaking: who, what, why and how?”

12th November 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Around the world, there is a drive towards the use of evidence in the design, implementation and review of policies. With Government funding of research in the UK under threat, and with only the minority of MPs having any form of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background, it is vital that current STEM researchers engage with policymakers and politicians. In addition, a career in science policy is growing in popularity as a destination for PhD and postdoctoral researchers. From inside academia, the policy world can seem complicated, ideological and confusing. The professional development workshops offered by CUSPE will equip you with the information and skills you need to engage with or be involved in science policy work in your future career.
Want to find out more about science and evidence in policymaking?
Our first professional development workshop of the year will give PhD and postdoctoral researchers in Cambridge the opportunity to hear about the world of science policy first-hand from the policy professionals involved. Topics covered by talks and in small discussion groups will include:
  • The importance of advocacy for research, researchers and evidence in policymaking
  • How the policymaking process in Westminster works
  • The role that learned bodies and arms-length organisations play in influencing policymaking
  • How researchers can contribute to and influence policymaking
The confirmed speakers for this workshop are (full bios here):
  • Dr Martin Turner, Policy Adviser, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
  • Dr Victoria Charlton, Head of Policy, the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Dr Helen Ewles, Research Policy Advisor, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Dr Ailsa Stroud, Climate Change Adaptation & Geoengineering Science Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
There will be an opportunity to network during a drinks reception at the end.
Places for the workshop are limited to 50 attendees. To apply for a place, please email by 4pm on Wednesday 4th November telling us your name, position at the University (e.g. PhD student, department of Physics) and why and what you want to achieve from the event (five sentences max please). We will use this information to invite 50 of you to attend, and we will operate a waiting list system so that as many of the rest of you can benefit from this opportunity!



12th November 2015
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


CUSPE: Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange
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Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College
Sidgwick Ave
Cambridge , CB3 9DF
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