A marriage of inconvenience

In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, former chief Scientific Adviser of the United Kingdom, Professor Sir John Beddington, discusses the state of science in public policy around the world and what scientists can do to get policymakers listening to the evidence. Listen here: http://bit.ly/PFPscience

Professor Sir John Beddington is former Chief Scientific Adviser of the United Kingdom. From 2008 until 2013, Professor Beddington reported directly to the British Prime Minister and was responsible for increasing the scientific capacity across Whitehall by encouraging all major departments of state to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser. He was awarded a Knighthood in 2010 and in June 2014 received The Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government. He is also the Senior Adviser to the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resource Management at Oxford University.

Professor Sir John Beddington was a guest at the recent Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, and The Economics and Science Group event ‘Bridging science, economics and policy silos‘. For more from the speakers of that event, see the following podcast and Policy Forum articles:

Bridging the gap (podcast with Karen Hussey, Kathleen Segerson, and Suzi Kerr)
Honesty and the best policy (Kathleen Segerson)
Researchers are from Mars, policymakers are from Venus (Suzi Kerr)
Turning the tide of water reform (John Williams)
Escaping the ivory tower (Rod Keenan)
Back to the future (Quentin Grafton)
Real leadership can tackle climate challenge (John Hewson)
People the key to better public policy (Bob Cotton)

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