Can we afford to stick to the Science - 26th April 2022

grand challenges 26th april poster


Can we afford to stick to the science? marks the inauguration of the 2022 BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme’s Grand Challenge series. The series of talks aims to bring together humanities and sciences to stimulate debate around the most significant challenges facing society today. In this discussion, we will focus on the changing role of the scientist in government policymaking: whether policy is better shaped at arm's length through publication, or by direct contribution via scientific advisory committees. We're also interested in how the raised visibility of subject matter experts during the pandemic might translate to other topics such as climate change and food security, where there is a long term need for change but fewer short-term political incentives to act. 


The seminar is open to the public and free to attend. It will take place at 17:30-18:30 on April 26th in a hybrid format both in-person in Oxford and streamed online.

The Panel

  • Special Guest Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Head of the Oxford Martin School, representing researchers.
  • Industry expert FRSC Dr. Alexander Reip, CTO at Oxford nanoSystems.
  • Experienced policy writer Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability at Oxford.  


Register at this link to receive the Zoom invite