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UCL Public Policy and many UCL departments organise events relevant to public policy.

Upcoming Events

Measuring and improving productivlity - what tools and levers can we use? 

19 June 2019

This event will be held at the Royal Society and is organised by the Foundation for Science and Technology, three speakers will set out some of the issues behind productivity in the UK. To register for this event, please email office@foundation.org.uk, with “19Jun19” in the subject line. There is no cost for attending this event.

STEaPP Lunchtime Seminar - Practical Knowledge: A Preliminary Prospectus for Systematic Research 

25 June 2019

UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) will be holding a lunchtime seminar by Amar Bhidé, Thomas Schmidheiny Professor at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. The seminar will take place on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 12.00-13.00 in Engineering Front Building Executive Suite 103. Governments and universities are pouring money into more ‘practical’ research – ‘translational’ medicine and ‘evidence-based’ policies in education, public health and economic development, for instance. But just translating or applying science rarely produces practical advances – and an inflexible adherence to the methods of natural or social scientists (as sometimes happens in evidence-based research programs) can do more harm than good.  Instead, Amar proposes a general approach – and specific topics – that reflect the distinctive nature of modern practical knowledge. The proposal is a work-in-progress, implicit in a detailed syllabus of a seminar on practical knowledge Amar has been teaching for the last six years.

Global Policy Fellows 2019

1-5 July 2019

UCL will be hosting the first cohort of its new Global Policy Fellows Programme from Monday 1st – Friday 5th July 2019, coordinated by STEaPP and supported by UCL Public Policy. Find our more 

"Early Diagnosis Workshop"

3 July 2019

This workshop is to build connections and links within the UCL community. This is an important and high profile research area linked to strategic priority areas in the following Research Councils as well as challenges from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund such as; “From data to early diagnosis and  precisionmedicine” challenge. Up to £201M budget with approximately £120M to be allocated in future."Accelerating detection of disease"challenge, which is expected to be officially announced late-summer 2019 and with a budget of up to £79M. Visit this link for more details and to register for the event

Panel discussion on "African Diaspora Health Workers as Brain Gain Realilty or Pipe Dream?"

4 July 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health in collaboration with Nigeria Health Watch is holding a panel discussion on "African Diaspora Health Workers as Brain Gain, Reality or Pipe Dream?". In late 2018 Nigeria Health Watch with partners hosted a very successful fourth annual Future of Health Conference in Abuja, Nigeria focusing on The Diaspora as Nigeria’s Brain Gain, inspired by the growing number of diaspora Nigerian health workers who over the last five years returned to work in Nigeria. To launch the summary report from this conference and a related World Bank-Nigeria Health Watch workshop, this event in the UK parliament is an opportunity to bring the trend of returning African health workers to the attention of various audiences in the UK and to share insights with policymakers, diaspora health workers and academics in the UK. This event will trigger conversations and aims to inspire action by bringing together different stakeholders. 

  

A Green New Deal for the UK: Policies, Politics and Practicalities

8 July 2019

The All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) and Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) will be holding a joint event on "Green New Deal for the UK: Policies, Politics and Practicalities" 

Aviation 2050 - the Vision for Science and Innovation

17 July 2019

This event is organised by the Foundation for Science and Technology and will be held at the Royal Academy of Engineering. In December 2018, the Government published a strategy for consultation on Aviation 2050: The Future of UK Aviation. Science, technology and innovation will play a major part in delivering that strategy. In this discussion event by the Foundation for Science and Technology, the Aviation Minister Baroness Vere will set out the overall Aviation 2050 strategy, and the other speakers will explore views from the research and industrial communities. The event will explore where technology in aviation is now, where it’s going in the next decade and how the deliverable the Aviation 2050 strategy is.

To register for this event, please email office@foundation.org.uk, with “17Jul19” in the subject line. There is no cost to attend this event.

 

Past Events

 

Enough is enough: cutting down in food waste

11 June 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group is holding an event on food waste and extending invitations to the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group. Defra's Resource and Waste Strategy outlined ambitious plans aimed at reducing  single-use plastics, tackle the problem of plastic packaging and put an end to “the economic, environmental and moral scandal that is food waste”, in the words of Secretary of State Michael Gove.It is with a focus on the latter that the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Sustainable Resources and Food Waste have joined forces to host an event aimed at discussing how to cut down on food waste, as stated in Chapter 5 of the Strategy. Join us on June 11 to hear from Defra’s Food waste champion Ben Elliot and experts from across businesses, industry, charities and Government. Find out more and how to register

UCL Policy Summer School 2019

28 May - 7 June 2019

The UCL policy summer school was held between 28 May and 7 June2019. The programme ran as part of UCL’s Global Citizenship Programme and UCL Public Policy's strand was called "Power to the people!”. Find out more

Artificial Intelligence, Privacy and Big Tech: Europe's Response

3 June 2019

UCL European Institute hosted an event - "A conversation with Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality". Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, is at the forefront of regulating the digital economy, with a view to protecting fundamental rights and democratic values. She delivered a keynote lecture on the EU’s approach to technology regulation in the coming years. Visit this link to register for the event

Science Policy Exchange Network  Launch Event

30 May 2019

The Science Policy Exchange Network (SciPEN) hosted their launch event on 30 May 2019 with a one day workshop supported by UCL Public Policy on 'Science Policy Skills' followed by a reception with Prof Sir Peter Gluckman. Find out more

UCL Mission-Oriented Industrial Strategy Report Launch

23 May 2019

The UCL Commission on Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS) chaired by Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Lord David Willetts, have released a report which sets out an approach to UK investment and innovation targeted at solving systemic 21st century challenges. Find out more