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Online Policy Workshop- co-ordinated by the Cambridge Metabolic and Cambridge Cardiovascular IRC, in association with the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP).

The Cambridge Metabolic Network and Cambridge Cardiovascular IRC would like to invite you to take part in a policy workshop for early career researchers and clinical staff working within the metabolic and cardiovascular arena. The aim of the workshop is to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support evidence-informed policy making as experts in metabolic and cardiovascular science.
When Nov 25, 2020
from 01:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Online
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This interactive afternoon workshop, which is free to attend, will be delivered together with the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and is designed for early career researchers and clinical staff working within the metabolic and cardiovascular arena.

The workshop aims to give researchers an insight into the role of evidence and expertise in the policy-making process. Academic experts and policy professionals will discuss their own experiences of gathering and presenting advice and evidence for policy how the process works, the types of policy issues that require evidence, and examples of what has and hasn’t worked well.

A group session will provide attendees with an opportunity to work on a policy-related question and to come up with recommendations which they will present to a panel. Attendees will be sent details of their policy challenge in advance of the workshop to allow them time to prepare.

By the end of the day, participants will have gained a greater understanding of the opportunities and challenges of linking evidence to policy making and learned the importance of translating and communicating their research outcomes to different audiences.

Topics will include obesity, diabetes, NCDs, immunology and epidemiology.


Provisional Agenda


13:30-14:20       Introduction to Science and Policy (with advice on careers and how to approach the tasks)

                             The role of knowledge brokers in evidence-based policy making (Nicola Buckley, Centre for Science and Policy)

                             How policy is made and the role of science in policy making (Professor Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer for England)

  Role of learned societies in policy making (Dr Tom Livermore, Academy of Medical Sciences)


14:20-14:45       Academics discuss their own experiences of policy engagement in relation to the group tasks

·       Professor Nick Wareham (MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge)

·       Professor Martin White (MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge)

14:45-15:45       Group work

15:45-16:00       Break

15:30-16:00       Groups present their recommendations to a panel

16:00-16:45       Final discussion


If you would like to participate, please email  by Friday 20 November with details of (1) Your research area and (2) what you hope to get out of the workshop. Places are limited so please do get in touch as soon as possible.

Any other queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Tammy Dougan


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