Science-based evidence informs the policymaking process in a unique way. Academic experts are called on to deliver the best available current evidence on vital policy issues, in a way that is timely, independent and transparent. Interdisciplinary approaches that include wide-ranging input from the social sciences and humanities, are essential in addressing today’s global challenges.
Join us for this lunchtime meeting, when we will be examining the opportunities and challenges of providing science advice for policymaking. In addition to considering the science-policy interface, we will explore models of scientific advice, including the new European Scientific Advice Mechanism, illustrating how it works in practice, with several success stories that have involved local experts.
Our event will promote exciting new connections between Wales, the South-West and the rest of Europe in the context of science and policy.
Date: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Time: 12:00-14:00 (light buffet available from 12:00 noon)
Registration: This event is free of charge, open to all and includes a light buffet lunch. Please register at: Eventbrite
Our speakers are:
Professor Peter Halligan is the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales since March 2018. He leads on scientific activities and advice within the Welsh government, and also works closely with the Chief Scientific Adviser and departmental Chief Scientific Advisers in the UK government.
Academia Europaea, an international academy of world-leading scholars, is a partner in the consortium of pan-European academies (SAPEA), providing independent, interdisciplinary and evidence-based scientific advice on policy issues to the European Commission. The Wales Hub of Academia Europaea, hosted at Cardiff University, is responsible for coordinating and delivering evidence reviews, on behalf of Academia Europaea.
Following a request from the European Commission for science advice on the climate mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies, experts from across Europe, including Wales, delivered an evidence review report, published in April.
How can more food be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits? In an innovative approach to public outreach, an infographics-based leaflet set out to engage a large international audience with the key messages of the published science-based reports, including a call to action.
The Initiative Managing Policymaker-Academic Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer (IMPACKT) is an interdisciplinary project based at Swansea University that aims to create sustained and proactive dialogue between policymakers and academics working in a variety of fields.