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Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career researchers - Registration Open!

Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career researchers

Date: 2 December 2014 (10am – 6.15pm)

Venue: The Howard Building, Downing College Cambridge

Cambridge Neuroscience and the Centre for Science and Policy are jointly organising a policy workshop for early career researchers at Cambridge. The workshop will take place on 2 December in Downing College.  The theme of this workshop aligns closely with the current ESRC strategic challenges and will cover topics such as:

·         understanding behaviour and decision-making

·         mental health

·         ageing and well-being.

Attendance at the workshop is open to late stage PhD students, Post docs and early stage Principal Investigators across Cambridge.

Seminar Format

Session 1: Presentations from scientists who have been engaged in the policy process

Scientists discuss the role they play in providing expert advice and evidence to policy – how the process works and the challenges they face.

Session 2: Break-out and report-back session

Early career researchers break into groups to address a hypothetical policy challenge, and feed their conclusions back to a panel of policy makers and academics.

Session 3: Response from policy makers

The panel of policy makers responds to the earlier discussions and feedback from early career researchers, and discuss their roles in government and how science advice is sought.  They will also offer advice to early career researchers on how the science community might best engage with policy makers.

Confirmed speakers and chairs so far include:


·         10:00 Arrival and Coffee

·         10:30 Welcome and Introductions

·         10:40 What is Policy?

·         11:00 Session 1: Presentations from scientists who have been engaged in the policy process

·         12:00 Q&A and discussion

·         12:30 Lunch

·         13:30 Session 2: A 'policy challenge' - working in groups

·         15:15 Tea

·         15:30 Session 3: Response from policy makers

·         16:30 Q&A and discussion

·         17:00 Wrap up

·         17:15 Drinks & networking

·         18:15 Close

Further information on this workshop can be found here.  If you would like to attend, please apply using our online registration form – the closing date for applications is 7 November 2014

Please note that registration does not guarantee a place at the workshop. We will send you a confirmation email if your application is successful.

This is a Cambridge Neuroscience and ESRC-funded workshop. CSaP workshops for early-career researchers cover a range of themes. To date, CSaP has held workshops for climate scientists, biologists, engineers, technology researchers, health scientists, nanoscientists, and researchers from the chemical sciences. More information on these can be found on our website.

Jackie Ouchikh

Head of Programmes, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Dervila Glynn
Cambridge Neuroscience Coordinator, University of Cambridge

Posted on 21/10/2014

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