UCL Public Policy


Policy Events

UCL Public Policy, UCL departments and other external events relevant to public policy.

Upcoming Events

An evening with Heather Boushey on how inequality constricts our economy

7 November 2019

Heather Boushey will discuss how we need to direct innovation towards sustainable development in order to address grand societal challenges. Following Heather's talk, she will be taking part in a discussion with IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato and answering an audience Q&A. Find out more and to register

Bartlett Policy Roundtable: Inequalities in the Built Environment

14 November 2019

A roundtable will be hosted by the Bartlett Vice Dean Public Policy and Bartlett Public Policy Board to discuss inequalities in the built environment. It will offer the opportunity for Bartlett academics and policy professionals to discuss these issues together and to learn how each views critical issues of inequality. Find out more and to register

Climate Emergency: From declarations to action

16 November 2019

The Low Carbon Communities Network will be holding a free event on "Climate Emergency: From declarations to action" on 16 November 2019 at UCL Institute of Education. The event will look at the role of local climate action groups and local councils in responding to the climate crisis. Find out more and to register

Nuclear Energy: Challenges and Opportunities in a Fossil-Free Future

21 November 2019

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and UCL Energy Institute will be delivering a joint lecture to look at the future of nuclear power. There will be two presentations at this event, the first by Paul Dorfman, Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute and the second by Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs EDF. Find out more and to register

Past Events


"Growing Older, Better"

15 October 2019

"Growing Older, Better" is the culmination of a project coordinated by The Physiological Society to understand how we deliver the Government’s ambition as highlighted in the ‘Ageing Society’ Grand Challenge within the Industrial Strategy. The Society has engaged expertise from both inside its membership and the wider health field. The report will be launched at 19:00 on Tuesday 15 October in the Houses of Parliament with a panel discussion followed by a drinks reception. Register by email

"Women researchers at the UK Parliament" event

9 October 2019

The event is open to all from the research community; it is aimed particularly at academic researchers who have thought about engaging with UK Parliament and would like to learn more about how to do so, as well as those working in knowledge mobilisers roles (research impact, policy brokerage, knowledge exchange, research development etc).” Find out more and how to register

UCL Postdoc Appreciation Week – Workshop on Academic Policy Engagement

18 September 2019

UCL Public Policy along with the Government Equalities Office and UCL Grand Challenges will be delivering a workshop on Improving your success: Effective strategies for academic policy engagement”. This workshop will help participants to gain experience and skills to enable engagement with policymakers, to understand how academic-policy engagement works in practice and to provide you with strategies that enable you to engage your research more effectively. Find out more and how to register

A conversation with Dr Marga Gual Soler on "Developing the next generation of global leaders in science diplomacy"

10 September 2019

The Science Policy Exchange Network (SciPEN) is holding an event on 10 September 2019 for a conversation on the present and future of science diplomacy with Dr. Marga Gual Soler. Dr Soler is an internationally recognised expert, speaker, advisor and educator in science diplomacy. Find our more and how to register

Seminar on Confronting Climate Risk

3 September 2019

An event will be hosted by the University of Oxford in Westminster on the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit taking place on 3 September 2019 at 6-7pm. The event is a seminar on developing global capabilities for resilience and adaptation to climate change, part of the University of Oxford’s ‘True Planet’ campaign on sustainability and environmental research. PDF iconFind out more and how to register

UCL Collaborative Efforts Towards Net Zero

24 July 2019

The UCL Environment Domain will be holding a meeting to stimulate transdisciplinary discussion regarding net zero targets and identify areas UCL can contribute to ambitious Government targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050 and strengthen the climate community across UCL. Find out more and how to register

Urban Water, Health and Wellbeing: Scoping a London Water Network

19 July 2019

The UCL Environment Domain will be holding a meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of urban water and help scope the need for a London Water Network. Find out more and how to register 

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.

Co-benefits of a net zero transition: Climate change and energy efficiency

17 July 2019

The All-Party Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group (FPEEG) and the All-Party Climate Change Group (APPCCG) will be holding a joint meeting that aims to brief members of both APPGs on the BEIS Committee inquiry on energy efficiency report and the Climate Change Committee Net Zero report. Find out more and how to register

Decarbonising the UK Rail Network

9 July 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) is partnering with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rail to launch two new reports on rail decabonisation in the UK. This event is being held to launch two separate reports on rail electrification in the UK. Find out more and how to register

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" 

APPG for AI Evidence Meeting 5: Education: Skills

8 July 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence will be holding an evidence meeting focussing on a conversation around equipping children with the skillsets they will need in their futures.  Find our more and how to register

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. 


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 out 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

Global Challenges To Food Security

2 July 2019

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources will be holding a seminar to explore the complex interdependencies between climate change, land degradation and food security. The seminar will discuss food sustainability issues in the context of population growth and resource constraints. This seminar is part of the project “The impact of climate change and global food production” funded by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. Find out more and to register for the 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) held a lunchtime seminar by Amar Bhidé, Thomas Schmidheiny Professor at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. The seminar took 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.

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

19 June 2019

This event  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.

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