Department of Political Science


Three Sages on Improving Scientific Advice to Government

24 February 2022, 6:00 pm–7:15 pm


2022 will see the launch of the long awaited Covid inquiry. One key set of issues will involve the role of scientific advice: how it is gathered, and co-ordinated; how it is fed in to ministers; how uncertain or conflicting advice is handled; how transparent and accountable the whole process is; and how to improve the handling of scientific advice in future. In this seminar we will hear from Professor John Edmunds OBE, Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, and Professor Michael Parker.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Abi Turner

To discuss these issues we have three participants in SAGE, the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies: 

  • Prof John Edmunds OBE, epidemiologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Prof Dame Theresa Marteau, director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at Cambridge
  • Prof Michael Parker, Professor of Bioethics from the University of Oxford

Further information

  • Participation is free for this public event, but we kindly ask that you register using the link provided.
  • Chat will be disabled for attendees, but if you have a question for the panel, please submit it into the Q&A box. 
  • In the second half of the event, we will select as many questions as possible within the time. You will be given the option to unmute yourself to ask the question. 
  • Attendees will not be able to turn their camera on.
  • The twitter hashtag for this event is: #PolicyandPractice and you can follow us @uclspp 
  • This webinar will be recorded and made available on our podcast platform 'UCL Political Science Events'

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