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How Does Government Listen to Scientists?

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8 West 3.14

University of Bath

Claverton Down

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National governments may have less immediate power than they used to but, in matters large and small, someone somewhere often has to make a decision that will affect many lives. The Ministers making those decisions are human too, and what we know about how science works in government can tell us a lot about its place in wider public debates. Making decisions today, based on evidence from the past, in order to change the future: what could possibly go wrong?

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Dr Claire Craig CBE is Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society. Previously Claire was the Director of the UK Government Office for Science which supports the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA). The GCSA provides science advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; and builds capacity across government to provide and use science evidence.

Claire has worked extensively on strategy and science in decision-making. Her career includes periods at McKinsey & Co and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, working in the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. She was awarded a CBE for her part in developing the UK government’s science-based strategic futures programme, Foresight, which provided evidence and insights to decision-makers in areas from flood risk in 2080 to human enhancement and the future of computer-based trading in financial markets.

Claire has held Board-level roles at a range of research and teaching institutions including the Council of King’s College London; the University of the West of England; and Newnham College, Cambridge. She is also the UK representative on the Governing Body of the EU’s Joint Research Centre. In October 2018 she was pre-Elected as Provost of the Queen’s College, Oxford, and will take up the post in Autumn 2019.

She trained originally as a geophysicist, and spent two years helping launch a hands-on science centre in her home town of Bristol. Her first book “How does government listen to scientists?” was published by Palgrave in August 2018.

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