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An interactive workshop for parliamentary staff exploring the principles behind good evidence synthesis - co-hosted with the Academy of Medical Sciences.

‘Evidence synthesis’ refers to the process of bringing together information from a range of sources and disciplines to inform debates and decisions on specific issues. Whether preparing briefings, writing speeches or drafting reports, we are all practising some form of evidence synthesis every day.

A new report, by the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences outlines some of the current challenges and proposes a new set of principles for good evidence synthesis to inform policy. These principles have already received significant interest, with Defra, UKRI and the Government Science and Engineering and Policy Professions already committed to taking these forward in their work.

This interactive workshop will test the robustness of our principles for evidence synthesis against real world examples, and give parliamentary staff the opportunity to share their experiences of compiling and summarising evidence in challenging environments and against varied timelines.

Please note that spaces are limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Joe Edwards on

This event forms part of “Evidence Week”, an initiative of Sense about Science, the House of Commons Library, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The week will bring together MPs, Peers, Parliamentary services and people from all walks of life across the UK to talk about why evidence matters. Find out more about evidence week.