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STEPS SYMPOSIUM 2013 – VIDEOS

View all the video from our symposium “Credibility across cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice”, which took place at Sussex University on 6-7 February 2013. Symposium home  |  Presentations  |  Resources  |  Photos  |  Storify  |  Blog Credibility across cultures: interviews with speakers Speakers at the symposium reflect on the themes of…

STEPS Symposium 2013 – Speaker presentations

The 2013 STEPS Symposium, Credibility Across Cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice, was held in February 2013 at the University of Sussex. Slides from the speakers can be viewed below. Symposium home  |  Video  |  Resources  |  Photos  |  Storify  |  Blog Day 1 Session 1: Promises and paradoxes of scientific authority…

From MDGs to SDGs: aspirations, evidence and diversity in setting global goals

By Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre Head of Impact and Engagement This week’s STEPS Centre Annual Symposium will be looking at the tensions between scientific advice and policy-making across international borders.  I’ll be chairing a session on the Thursday morning that will hear the views of leading development experts on the role of aspirations, evidence and diversity…

Science policy, social media and skepticism

Science is Vital protest outside the Treasury, 2010 By Alice Bell, Research Fellow, SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research   The Royal Institution is up for sale. There are many interesting things about the fuss this has caused. One of which is that Harry Kroto has taken to Twitter.It’s what happens now when scientists…

Credibility across cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice, 6-7 February 2013, UK

Speakers include: Professors Anne Glover, Sir Robert Watson, Lidia Brito, David Spiegelhalter, Chris Whitty, Roger Pielke, Duncan Green and more. Tackling 21st century sustainability and development challenges requires the ‘best available’ scientific advice. But what is ‘best advice’ and how might this idea need to be re-thought? Many questions persist about how to build and…

New Andy Stirling presentations

A collection of presentations recently given by STEPS co-director Andy Stirling on: civil society and the direction of innovation; the implications of uncertainty for science policy; knowledge and innovation implications for climate geo-engineering; and social, ethical and cultural challenges for security research.

Herd it on the grapevine: how pastoralists get a raw deal in policy and the media

Mike Shanahan of IIED has written two great blog posts in two weeks on how pastoralism is viewed by politicians and by stories in the media. The first covers how pastoralists have come to be viewed as ‘backward’ by some dominant policy narratives in Kenya, China and India. “The dominant policy narrative casts pastoralism as…

Pandemic Influenza: Research themes

  Outbreak policy narratives Public and policy reactions to H5N1 and H1N1 have been guided by the prospect of the devastating impacts of an outbreak. ‘Outbreak narratives’ have guided policymaking, with the building of drug stockpiles, the development of contingency plans and so on. Draconian measures for containment have often been devised, including restrictions on…

Influencing the Rio+20 outcome document

By Melissa Leach The STEPS Centre submitted a position paper to the Rio+20 zero draft preparation process, in which we argued that science, technology and innovation have essential roles to play in sustainability. But science is not enough: A radical new approach to innovation is urgently needed giving far greater recognition and power to poorer people’s own…