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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


Sidney Sussex College, 19 June 2023, 12:00-15:00 The Centre for Science and Policy is organising a Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career researchers and postdocs working in BBSRC or EPSRC subject areas (please note existing BBSRC/EPSRC funding is not a requirement). This half-day workshop will offer participants an insight into how evidence and academic expertise informs policy decisions in government. Invited speakers from academia and policy will discuss their own experiences of gathering and presenting expert advice and evidence for policy, including such aspects as: how the process works; the types of policy issues that require evidence; some of the technical, moral and ethical dilemmas they face; and examples of what has and hasn’t worked well.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will have gained a greater understanding of how policy is made, the opportunities and challenges of linking evidence to policy making, and the importance of translating and communicating their research outcomes to different audiences.

Provisional agenda

Chair: Dr Rob Doubleday, CSaP Executive Director

12:00 - 12:30   Arrive and lunch

12:30 - 12:45   Welcome and introductions

12:45 - 13:30   What is policy – talk and discussion (Rob Doubleday)

13:30 - 13:45   Break

13:45 - 14:30   Panel discussion:

·         Dr Jenny Molloy, Senior Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

·         Dr Isabel WebbHead of Technology Strategy, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

14:30  - 15:00  Networking

How to register

Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to attend, please email with the following information:

  1. Full name and job title
  2. A few sentences on your research area
  3. The area of policy you are interested in / most relevant to your work
  4. What you hope to get out of the workshop
  5. Your dietary requirements

About CSaP Professional Development

Through our workshops and internships, CSaP helps researchers improve their understanding of the needs of policy makers, and how academic research contributes to policy making. CSaP’s Professional Development Policy Workshops are designed for early-career researchers and civil servants. They demonstrate, through worked examples, the value of building links between evidence, expertise and policy making; create networking opportunities between researchers and policy professionals; and share and inspire good practice for evidence-informed policy making.