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Thursday
Dec202012

Diary date

Roger Pielke Jr is in London at the start of February and will be participating in an event at the Institute of Physics:

What counts as good evidence for policy?

Policymakers often talk up the importance of evidence-based policy, with increasing calls for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) as the best way of testing whether particular interventions work. But finding and applying evidence in policy is anything but straightforard. Evidence alone rarely wins complex political arguments. Often this merely shifts the locus of debate to what counts as evidence. 

Join us as we explore the politics of evidence across various policy domains, including climate change, innovation, public health, biodiversity, education and more. Our panel of experts will offer introductory perspectives, followed by what promises to be a lively debate.

It's free to attend. Tickets here.

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Reader Comments (11)

What's a "Professor of Science and Democracy"? (Job title of the chairperson of the discussion.)

It's as if there was a professor of physics and custard. What has one to do with the other?

Usually one can get the tenor of the discussion just by looking at the participants. But not this time. Or at least, not for me. Might be interesting.

Dec 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM | Registered Commenterrhoda

This event may be of interest too:
http://steps-centre.org/2012/uncategorized/annual-symposium-2013/

Dec 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Tol

rhoda: "Professor of physics and custard" - I love it. Perhaps there should be a competition to find the most ridiculous professorial title? There are some real weird ones wheeled out on the BBC, but I haven't kept a note of them.

Dec 20, 2012 at 4:02 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Thanks Bish

I've registered.

Anybody else planning to go?

Dec 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Pub after?

Dec 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

@rhoda

'Pub after'?

Twist me arm, guv, and I could be persuaded.

Dec 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

One of the first to obtain a ticket is a Steve Jones. That wouldn't be the Professor of Genetics and BBC Whitewashing, would it ?

Dec 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterCassio

That is in fact the professor of chemistry and bus timetables.

Dec 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

Custard has some very interesting physics as it happens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2yhbt406ds

Dec 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM | Unregistered Commentersteveta

The words Climate Change and debate rarely appear together. If it is a genuine debate then this must be a step forward ? Could it be that your Grace’s recent pamphlet hit home ? Or was this organised sometime ago.

Dec 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

I'm hoping to go and would be happy to come to pub afterwards.

Jan 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Registered CommenterRuth Dixon

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