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Online Policy Workshop

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

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

The workshop aims to give an insight into the role of evidence and expertise in the policy-making process. Academic experts and policy professionals will discuss 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 will provide attendees with an opportunity to work on a policy-related question and to come up with recommendations which they will present 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 include obesity, diabetes, NCDs, immunology and epidemiology.

Provisional Agenda
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 (speaker tbc)
  • 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)
  • Speaker tbc

Group work and presentations to the panel
Final discussion

If you would like to participate, please email jackie.ouchikh at by Friday 6 November with details of (1) Your research area and (2) what you hope to get out of the workshop. Places are limited so please do get in touch as soon as possible.


November 25
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Via Zoom


Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)