The launch started with a workshop aimed at early career researchers and structured into two panel sessions and two breakout sessions.
- Panel 1 provided different strategies for academics to have an impact on policy and discussed the importance of evidence in policymaking. It included Alessandro Allegra (SciPEN), Laura Boothman (Versus Arthritis), Arthur Petersen (UCL STEaPP) and Tom Sasse (Institute for Government).
- Panel 2 gave insight into the role played in shaping policy by the Royal Society (Sarah Giles), Cancer Research UK (Rose Gray), the Wellcome Trust (Martin Smith) and Bioindustry Association (Martin Turner).
Dr Esther Dorado-Ladera, Executive Officer (Projects), had the opportunity to present the work of SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) within the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism, as well as the forthcoming SAPEA Evidence Review Report on Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty, which is due for publication in mid-2019.
The workshop was followed by a networking reception with Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, former Chief Scientific Advisor of New Zealand and Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). Sir Gluckman gave a talk about his experience as scientific advisor, which focused on the role of the science in society, the skills required by scientists to make their research relevant in a policy context, and the importance of building bridges between the scientists and policymakers.
Thanks for taking part and sharing your perspective, we are excited about collaborating in the future!
— Science Policy Exchange Network – SciPEN (@SciPENuk) May 30, 2019