IMPACKT Workshop: Scientific Research in a Post-Brexit Britain
The Initiative for Managing Policymaker-Academic Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer (IMPACKT) will be holding an event on the Bay Campus at Swansea University looking at how academics and policymakers can better make use of expertise in policy-making.
The workshop will bring together academics and policymakers and policy experts from different levels of government to discuss the use of academic expertise and evidence on policymaking. While it is mainly aimed at those in engineering, energy, health and medicine, academics and policymakers from all areas are welcome to attend. This workshop aims to answer several key questions about the role of evidence and expertise in policy-making in a changing political context:
1. What role can and should scientific research play in informing public policy? Are there limitations to its usefulness in a political setting, or can it only enhance democracy?
2. How can scientists better embed the social and policy relevance into their research, in a way that engages with policymakers?
3. How can policymakers move beyond a reactive approach to evidence and be more proactive in incorporating it into policymaking?
4. What legitimacy do experts have in the policy-making process? If Britain has ‘had enough of experts’, what can be done to re-establish this link between scientific experts and the public, and scientific experts and policymakers?
5. How can Welsh industry, universities and politics adapt post-Brexit to strengthen the role of Welsh science in policy-making?
The workshop will explore these questions and other related ideas through a morning plenary session featuring Welsh policymakers and academics in a variety of policy areas discussing general challenges and opportunities facing the use of expertise in policymaking in a pre- and post-Brexit world. The afternoon will be used to discuss these issues in more detail as they relate to specific policy areas, namely health and engineering. Lunch and coffee will be provided, and limited travel assistance is available.
Register for your free ticket on our Eventbrite page: http://tinyurl.com/y7twk6b6
Contribution to the National Assembly of Wales on the Implications of Brexit for Wales
Enrico Andreoli, James Cronin and Dion Curry from IMPACKT have submitted a contribution to the National Assembly of Wales on the implications of Brexit for Wales. The contribution focuses on the importance of higher education and research to the Welsh economy and Wales’ standing in the world through its world-class research facilities. The contribution highlights the need for continued and sustained research funding, the need for continued collaboration and mobility of researchers within Europe and the opportunities to further develop linkages with institutions around the world.
The UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee Report
The UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee released their report today on ‘Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research’. IMPACKT contributed to the select committee’s call for evidence, and IMPACKT’s contribution was referenced twice within the report, as support for issues raised regarding the streamlining of research funding and the need to create a new research funding stream for promoting international research collaboration. The entire report can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmsctech/502/50202.htm.
UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee
Today, Enrico Andreoli and Dion Curry from IMPACKT attended the UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee on the impact of Brexit on Wales in Ebbw Vale. The event, attended by MPs David Davies (Conservatives), Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru), Mark Williams (Liberal Democrats) and Glyn Davies (Conservative) and other members of the community, business and industry, gave Enrico and Dion the chance the talk about the importance of higher education, science and research in a post-Brexit Wales, as well as talk to local and international media about the event.
IMPACKT’s Response to the European Commission’s Stakeholder Consultation
MPACKT have submitted a response to the European Commission’s Stakeholder Consultation on Potential Priorities for Research and Innovation in the 2018-2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. The full report released by the European Commission, available at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/results-stakeholder-consultation-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-5-climate-action-environment, makes reference to many of the issues raised by IMPACKT as being priority areas for EU policy on climate change in the future.