Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
The purpose of UCL's new Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) is to explore, experiment with, and improve the ways scientific and engineering expertise and knowledge are engaged with public decision-making and policy processes across all levels, sectors and cultures of our now globally interdependent societies.
To fulfil this purpose, STEaPP will develop a set of interconnected educational, research and policy engagement programmes aimed at supporting the numerous groups – government policymakers; corporate and civil society practitioners; science and engineering leaders and researchers – who must all contribute to building the interconnected knowledge and decision support systems that will enable our communities to be prosperous and sustainable.
Science and engineering are at the heart of our modern world. When driven by imagination and aspiration, they are providing the technologies that are reshaping our physical environments and social interactions. When mobilized by concern and compassion, they are helping us understand and begin to address the myriad challenges facing humanity this century.
The knowledge and technologies our scientific and engineering endeavours generate are nearly always intended to provide benefits for our societies – and generally they do. Yet when introduced to the complexity of our societies, unintended and unforeseen (though frequently foreseeable) results often emerge for our physical and social environments; some times with unexpected benefits, other times with detrimental or even tragic consequences.
The capacity of our communities – from our towns and our cities, to our countries and our international networks and corporations – to manage risks, seize opportunities, and make informed choices about their futures is increasingly dependent on how effectively they are able to leverage scientific and engineering knowledge.
As noted above in both the text and video, the purpose of STEaPP is to explore, experiment with, and improve the ways scientific and engineering expertise and knowledge are engaged with public decision-making and policy processes across all levels, sectors and cultures of our now globally interdependent societies.
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