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Online Policy Workshop

25th November 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

CSaP, CMN, CVS_IRC logosThis half day online workshop was led by the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)  in collaboration with the Cambridge Metabolic Network and Cardiovascular IRC and was designed primarily for PhD, post-doc and early career researchers and clinical staff working within the metabolic or cardiovascular arenas.

The workshop gave an insight into the role of evidence and expertise in the policy-making process. Academic experts and policy professionals discussed their own experiences of gathering and presenting advice and evidence for policy – how the process works, the types of policy issues that require evidence, and examples of what has and hasn’t worked well.

A group session provided attendees with an opportunity to work on a policy-related question and to come up with recommendations which they presented to a panel.

By the end of the day, participants will have gained a greater understanding of the opportunities and challenges of linking evidence to policy making and learned the importance of translating and communicating their research outcomes to different audiences. Topics included obesity, diabetes, NCDs, immunology and epidemiology.

Introduction to Science and Policy (with advice on careers and how to approach the tasks)

  • The role of knowledge brokers in evidence-based policy making (Nicola Buckley, Centre for Science and Policy)
  • How policy is made and the role of science in policy making (Professor Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer for England)
  • Role of learned societies in policy making (Dr Tom Livermore, Academy of Medical Sciences)
  • Q&A

Academics discuss their own experiences of policy engagement in relation to the group tasks

  • Professor Nick Wareham (MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Martin White (MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge)

Group work and presentations to the panel
Final discussion


Summary of the event from CSaP

News story from the Cambridge Metabolic Network


25th November 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Via Zoom


Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)