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RESEARCH INFLUENCING POLICY

VIDEO INTRODUCTION – UCL PUBLIC POLICY AND UCL GRAND CHALLENGES

UCL Public Policy events

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New Opportunities for Science Capital: A Talk by David Willetts

5.45pm, 1 May, 2014

The Minister will address the long-term future of capital funding for research. He will consider what the priorities for capital funding should be, how funding decisions can best be made, and how to secure the sustainability of the research base in the UK. Following the Minister's speech, there will be an opportunity for the audience to discuss these issues with the Minister in an open forum.

The event will be chaired by Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at UCL and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Eventbrite - 'New Opportunities for Science Capital' A talk by The Rt Hon David Willetts MP

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Why Should the Taxpayer Fund Science and Research?

5.30pm, 20 May, 2014


The inaugural lecture of Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Research). 

Graeme Reid will consider the issue of public funding for research, drawing from his previous role as Director of Research Funding in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In an age of austerity, with continued pressure on public finances, how should decisions on research funding be made, and how are they influenced by growing expectations of the economic benefits arising from research and intensifying international competition?

Chaired by Dr Sarah Main, CASE

Discussants:

Dr Jack Stilgoe, UCL Science and Technology Studies

Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, Glaxo Smith Kline

Followed by a drinks reception.

Eventbrite - Why Should the Taxpayer Fund Science and Research?

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PAST EVENTS

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Greening the Recovery: Launch of the report of the UCL Green Economy Commission

Chaired by Gus O'Donnell, Visiting Professor, UCL Political Science and former Head of the Civil Service

Speakers

Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of the UCL Green Economy Commission and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy

Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Martin Wolf, Financial Times

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The Complexity of Decision-Making

6pm, 21 January 2014Keynote address: Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide OpenProfessor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics)Dr Claire Craig (Government Office for Science) Professor Susan Michie (UCL Centre for Behaviour Change) 

6pm, 21 January 2014

Keynote address: Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide Open

Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics)

Dr Claire Craig (Government Office for Science) 

Professor Susan Michie (UCL Centre for Behaviour Change) 

Measures Beyond Money: 

Long Finance conference autumn 2012

Speakers

Steven Fries, Department of Energy and Climate Change
Balazs Magyar, Bank Sarasin
Professor Stephen Smith, UCL
Professor Paul Ekins, UCL Energy Institute
Fiona Woolf CBE, Alderman, City of London
Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen Group

2pm, 14 November 2012

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What can Governments do to improve national education systems?

Keynote speaker: Charles Clarke

6pm, 28 November 2012, Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, UCL

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The Science of Happiness

6pm, 29 May 2012

Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, UCL, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE

Speakers:

Dr Tali Sharot (UCL Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences)

Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL School of Public Policy)

Dr Stephen Hicks, Assistant Programme Director - Measuring National Well-being, ONS

Dr Gemma Harper, Chief Social Researcher, DEFRA

The event was chaired by Professor Brian Collins (UCL Centre for Engineering Policy) and Professor Peter John (UCL Political Science)

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The Green Moment? The Crises of Capitalism and the Response of Progressive Politics

Michael Jacobs (Visiting Professor, UCL School of Public Policy)

Discussants:  Andrew Simm (new economics foundation) and Professor Wyn Grant(Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)

The event was chaired by Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute)

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Jack Straw Lecture

On the theme of 'Britain and Europe'

Speakers: Professor Jack Straw MP; Sir Sir Stephen Wall (UCL Council)

 (UCL Council)

The event was chaired by Professor Robert Hazell (UCL Constitution Unit).

Read the lecture or a summary of the event, or the abridged commentary published in The Daily Telegraph.

More details

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Going Low-Carbon: The governance of climate change technologies

UCL Public Policy and UCL Centre for Law and the Environment

The Centre for Law and the Environment and UCL Public Policy held an event exploring the governance of the technologies in moving to a low carbon economy. Chiara Armeni and Maria Lee from the Faculty of Laws spoke at the event, chaired by Yvonne Rydin (UCL Bartlett and Environment Institute), along with UCL colleagues Simon Lock (Science and Technology Studies) and Tadj Oreszczyn (Energy Institute).

Technological innovation is expected to play a significant role in moving to a low carbon economy. Alongside the technological and scientific challenges, this presents considerable challenges of governance. The speakers and audience explored the complex governance challenges associated with capturing the carbon savings potential of technological innovation, as well as the ways in which publics might engage with climate change technologies. Any technology is embedded in its social context, and the public in their diverse roles (as citizens, consumers, members of communities) play unavoidable and important roles in the adoption, proliferation and impact of climate change technologies.

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EU Transparency and Lobbying

Keynote speaker: Diana Wallis MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament

November 2011

Organised in conjunction with the UCL European Institute and the European Parliament Information Office in the UK.

Questions of transparency in the EU - including those about the accountability of EU institutions, the influence of lobbyists, and the code of conduct within European institutionsare increasingly important as issues of democracy and accountability in the EU are fiercely debated and the Union faces some of its toughest challenges as a result of the global financial crisis. What can be done to increase transparency and thus confidence in the institutions of the European Union?

Speakers: Diana Wallis MEP; Michael Shackleton (Head of UK European Parliament Information Office).

The event was chaired by Professor David Coen (UCL Political Science).

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Challenging Behaviours: Effective Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

October 2011

How can policies for the effective and high-quality care of people with intellectual disabilities best be developed? Recent research from UCL suggests that an established and cost-neutral intervention can reduce challenging behaviours and deliver real improvements through specialist services.

Speakers: Dr Angela Hassiotis (UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit); Vivien Cooper (The Challenging Behaviour Foundation); Sue Carmichael, (former National Lead for Health and People with Complex Needs, Department of Health).

Chaired by Dr Ian Hall (Chair of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities, Royal College of Psychiatrists)

A policy briefing on the UCL research is available here.

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Framing the Climate Change Debate

May 2011

How can the debate on climate change be framed in a way that will encourage rationale dialogue and effective response?


Speakers: Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography); Professor Nick Pidgeon (University of Cardiff); Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Earth Sciences); Matthew Lockwood (Institute of Development Studies); Professor Maria Lee (UCL Laws); Dr Slava Mikhaylov (UCL Political Science); Professor Yvonne Rydin (UCL Environment Institute). Chaired by Andrew Pendleton, IPPR.

UCL Public Policy and UCL Environment Institute in cooperation with the IPPR

Read a report of the event here.

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The Future of Healthcare in Europe

May 2011

Keynote speakers: Professor Sir Michael Marmot (Chair of WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health) and Michael Hübel (Head of Health Determinants Unit,  European Commission) 

This high-level one-day conference was convened by the UCL European Institute and UCL Grand Challenges in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in London.

See further material from the conference here.

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Is the Alternative Vote worth voting for?

April 2011

A UCL debate on the AV referendum with Billy Bragg, Katie Ghose, Jane Kennedy and Charlotte Vere.

See the video of the debate here.  Read the Constitution Unit's blog of the event here and see the Guardian politics blog hereRobert Hazell on why he believes the referendum will be lost here.

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Evidence-Based Policy: From development to delivery

April 2011

Professor Kent Weaver, Georgetown University

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UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Philosophy and public policy

Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy), 23 November 2010

Can moral and political philosophy be used to help solve problems in public life? How? Some philosophers attempt to derive theories to be applied in practice. This, it will be argued, is not a practical or desirable approach. Rather the philosopher should be to try to understand the values underlying dilemmas of public policy and to explore options for reducing or resolving them. Public policy needs the application of philosophical skills, rather than philosophical theory.

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UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Doomed to Fail? The Challenges of Coalition government for Westminster and Whitehall

Professor Robert Hazell (UCL Constitution Unit), 4 November 2010

Disraeli said 'England does not love coalitions'. The 2010 election led to the formation of the first coalition government at Westminster for over 60 years. Is it doomed to fail? In this lecture Prof Robert Hazell will talk about how the new coalition government operates, and its plans for much wider political and constitutional reform. He was closely involved in helping Whitehall and Westminster prepare for a hung parliament, and now in dealing with the reality.

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