The Hub hosted two key meetings of the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium on 10-11 April 2018.
A workshop on evidence review methods was held on the first day. Prof Chris Chambers, Head of Brain Stimulation, Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) talked about open science, transparency and reproducibility. He also presented the results of a consultation conducted with UK parliamentarians on the value of an Evidence Information Service.
Dr Nicola P Randall, Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Agriculture, Harper Adams University, gave an overview of the evidence review methods used by Eklipse, a European-funded project to promote better policy decisions on the environment.
Dr Alison Weightman, Director, Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE), introduced SURE. She talked briefly about its work conducting systematic reviews. Nigel Morgan, Cardiff University Library Services, informed about the rapid review undertaken by information professionals at Cardiff University for the Food from the Oceans Evidence Review Report. Louise Edwards, Manager AE Cardiff Hub, presented a case study to illustrate a form of scoping review.
Workshop attendees also had the opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage and natural environment of Wales. A small group enjoyed a weekend social excursion to Pembrokeshire, where they visited St Davids Cathedral and Skomer Island.