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Sciencewise at Civil Service Live 2015, September - October 2015

Sciencewise hosted a series of well attended workshop sessions at Civil Service Live 2015 in Edinburgh and London. 'The public, the stakeholder, the civil servant and her policy – responding to the changing world of policy making' workshops, concerned the changing world of policy and the complex pressures that this brings for civil servants. Sciencewise shared its insight into how civil servants increasingly need to collaborate with both the engaged and disengaged public, as well as work with a much broader range of stakeholders, to create effective policy.

Click here to access a recording and slides from the session.

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How can digital mechanisms be used to open up dialogue on science and technology policy? - 27 March 2015

Face-to-face meeting featured leading experts and practitioners in sciencew and technology presenting a series of ‘big ideas’ or practical solutions, which delegates were then invited to cross examine with a view to creating a set of tangible future recommendations.

More details.

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Introduction to public dialogues - 17 March 2015

Sciencewise webinar providing an overview of what public dialogue is, what it means in practice, and the impact it can deliver. Hosted by Amy Pollard, Sciencewise Dialogue Manager and Reema Patel, Sciencewise Policy Analyst.

Click here to access a recording and slides from the session.

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Sciencewise Supplier Workshop - 11 March 2015

Hosted by Robin Clarke, Sciencewise Dialogue and Engagement Specialist, the workshop brought together dialogue practitioners and suppliers from a variety of areas to discuss how to develop dialogue with the aim of increasing its use by policy makers and improve the procurement process.

Click here to access a slides from the session.

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Leap seconds - 10 March 2015

Webinar recording featuring Paul Broadbent from the National Measurement Office (NMO) discussing the lessons learnt from the NMO's public dialogue on Leap Seconds; a project to determine the importance to the public of a link between time and the earth’s movement.

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Space weather dialogue - 21 January 2015

The space weather webinar focused on the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) experience of commissioning a public dialogue on space weather and how the resultant understanding of public views and values will impact future decision-making within the organisation, and other industry actors. The webinar was hosted by speakers; Sarah Smart (Head of Communications) and Professor Mike Hapgood (Head of the Space Environment Group) at RAL Space.

Click here to access a recording and slides from the session.

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Public communication and engagement on risk - 19 November 2014

Environment Agency webinar on public dialogue to develop ways of communicating risk to the public. Featuring talk from Jacqui Cotton, Policy, Strategy and Investment R&D Theme Manager at the Environment Agency.

Click here to access a recording and slides from the session.

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Embedding wellbeing science in decision-making - 15 October 2014

Webinar on the Cabinet Office’s experience of engaging with the public as part of the policy-making process. Featuring talk from Lisa Ollerhead, Policy Adviser for Wellbeing at the Cabinet Office.

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'The best of Sciencewise's research’ webinar - 8 September 2014

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Sciencewise took a step back to review highlights from various thought leadership pieces it has developed over the years.

Click here to access a recording and slides from the session.

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Open Policy Making and Public Dialogue - 20 February 2014

See videos and presentations from an open policy event jointly organised by Sciencewise and the Cabinet Office’s Open Policy Making Group On 20 February 2014 at BIS Conference Centre. The purpose of the event was to build knowledge amongst policy makers of innovative practice around open policy making and dialogue; to help them explore how the issues might be relevant to their work; and to direct them towards sources of further support.  

The meeting brought together 50 policy makers from across Whitehall to discuss their thoughts and opinions. Read more

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Webinar: Responsive research and public dialogue in a global context - 30 January 2014

Watch webinar recording featuring talks from Sujatha Raman (Institute for Science and Society) and Mike Clifford (Faculty of Engineering) from the University of Nottingham on the agenda of responsive research and its connections with public dialogue.

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COP webinars

In January 2014, the Community of Practice (COP) launched a series of Sciencewise lunchtime webinars aimed at policy makers and civil servants covering topics such as digital engagement, trust and legitimacy in dialogue and social intelligence.

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Talks and presentations from brown bag lunch - 21 November 2013

See highlights from November's CoP brown bag lunch, featuring talks and case study presentations from the BBSRC’s Patrick Middleton, Hannah Verdin, Senior Policy Manager at HFEA and Sciencewise Dialogue and Engagement Specialist, Andrew Acland on lessons learned from live dialogues.

Click here to access talks and presetations.

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Audio clips from ‘goldfish bowl’ webinar - 27 June 2013

Listen to audio from webinar based on the Sciencewise thought leadership paper ‘In the goldfish bowl: science and technology policy dialogues in a digital world’ - looking at how public opinion is increasingly driven by information obtained through digital means and how policy makers are shifting the bulk of engagement exercises and opinion-gathering online.

Listen to audio clips.

The five audio clips from the webinar will feature weekly throughout the month of October 2013. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with updates.

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Cheltenham agri-tech discussion report - 7 June 2013

‘Farming for the future?’ was hosted by the Science Minister, David Willetts, and managed by experts from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, supported by Sciencewise facilitators.

The following report is an interpretation of the discussions based on the written flip chart records and the input of the facilitation team at the event. It is not a methodologically robust analysis of the discussions but should give a flavour of the breadth of views expressed.

Read agri-tech report

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Adapting to civil service reform -19 September 2013

Sciencewise’s online Community of Practice held its first face-to-face encounter on 19 September to explore the impact of the Civil Service reform agenda. Jill Rutter, from the Institute for Government presented the six key trends currently reshaping UK policy-making and provided some practical examples of how policy makers can prepare for this.

Listen to Jill Rutter's full audio presentation.

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Scientists, experts & academia events 2012 - 2013

Scientists and experts are key stakeholders in the development of Government policy on science and technology issues. They are also important participants in successful public dialogue activities such as Sciencewise projects.

Click here for details of Sciencewise stakeholder engagement activites.