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How to communicate your research to policymakers

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Research communication is not just an addition to research but a fundamental part of the process. As Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Mark Walport, commented, “Science is not finished until it is communicated.” Furthermore, with the current drive towards evidence-based policies, it is essential that research be effectively communicated to policymakers. However, ensuring that research is understood and therefore used appropriately can be extremely challenging.

Our second professional development workshop of the year will equip PhD and postdoctoral researchers with the skills necessary for effective communication of their research to policymakers. Topics covered by talks and in small discussion groups will include:

Why you should communicate with policymakers. Who you should communicate your research to and how do you contact them. How do you communicate your research effectively.

This workshop may of particular interest to anyone planning on submitting a poster entry into the SET for Britain competition and/or Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy’s (CSaP) annual conference. The workshop will also allow participants to practice communicating their research in a friendly environment in the form of small group and individual activities. We encourage all attendees to network during a drinks reception at the end.

Places for the workshop are limited to 15-20 attendees. To apply for a place, please email workshops@cuspe.org by 4pm on Monday 2nd November telling us your name, position at the University (e.g. PhD student, department of Magic) and why and what you want to achieve from the event (five sentences max please). We will use this information to invite 15-20 of you to attend, and we will operate a waiting list system so that as many of the rest of you can benefit from this opportunity!

Full info and speaker bios can be found here: http://www.cuspe.org/how-to-communicate-your-research-to-policymakers/

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) series.

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