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Policy Salons

Policy Salons are a new initiative by the Royal Society and are intended for the broader Policy Adviser community within Government, National Academies, Learned Societies, the Charitable sector, Universities, Business and Industry. 

The series of Policy Salons will provoke new thinking on issues with a scientific angle, help foster connections between individuals and organisations, and build new links with business and industry. 

Our most recent Policy Salon, Do you want to take a risk? was held on 11 October 2017 and explored the different ways Government evaluates risk, the public perception of risk, how these complex social and behavioural issues are approached and the role academia plays in informing decisions.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Katherine McComas - Department of Communication, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Mike Edbury - Science Policy Consultant and former Head of Risk and Regulation, Government Office for Science
  • Paul McCloghrie – Deputy Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat

Previous Policy Salons include Telling the story: How we use evidence, read more on our blog.

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Future Policy Salon events

  • Theory of change - 26 January 2018, 12.30 – 2pm (lunch and refreshments served from 12pm)