Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The conference explored the role of knowledge in policy making, bringing together international scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, practitioners at the science-policy interface, the public and the media.
The conference was a resounding success and created lively discussion on the floor and online. The online debates have been documented here and here. The new blog presents the presentations and discussions from the floor. Plans are underway to repeat the conference as an annual event.
With some delay we have now been able to make available videos and slides from the conference in a multimedia format. These are being posted on a weekly basis on our new blog.
So far the following sessions have been posted (more to follow soon):
1 Research and Policy making, featuring the opening keynote speech from Professor Brian Collins, Director of the Centre for Engineering Policy at UCL and former Chief Scientific Advisor to two government departments (Transport 2006-11; Business Innovation and Skills 2009-11). This was followed by a panel discussion with Daniele Fanelli, Sheila Jasanoff, Beth Taylor and Chris Tyler.
2 Research and the media, featuring a keynote speech from Dr Andy Williams, Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and former RCUK Research Fellow in Risk, Health and Science Communication (2008-10).
He addressed recent research into UK journalists and their sources and what it tells us about the quality and independence of science reporting. His presentation touched on changing working conditions in journalism and the use of PR tactics by scientists (and universities!), and was followed by questions from the audience.
The panel discussion examined this problem further, our four panelists were David Colquhoun, Athene Donald, Felicity Mellor, and Jon Turney.
Lean back, watch and enjoy. Blog comments are most welcome!