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Science Policy - Improving the uptake of research into UK policy

A two-day residential course, including case study on antimicrobial resistance.
When Aug 10, 2018 09:00 AM to
Aug 12, 2018 05:00 PM
Where Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge
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Science and research is a cornerstone of the economy and a strategic government priority. Academics are often interested in seeing the results of their research being used to influence and change policy. However, many researchers have little experience in engaging with policy makers and the relationship between the civil service, government and parliament, and their respective functions, can seem complex and opaque to them. Policy makers can struggle to engage with research, where the policy implications and/or recommendations are buried in technical journal articles or grant reports.

This new course will bring policy makers and academic researchers together to help break down these barriers, encourage mutual understanding, and ultimately enable improved evidence-based policy making. It will provide early career researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty) with an introduction to UK policymaking, show them how to engage with policy makers, either through their research or by moving into a career in science policy. The ultimate aim of this course is to build a community of policy-engaged researchers and research-engaged policy makers.

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