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…

#steps13 social media roundup

Following Alice Bell’s insightful post on the recent history of social media and science campaigns, I had quick look at our symposium speakers’ online profiles (the full list of speakers is here). I’ve shepherded their Twitter profiles and blogs together into the list below. Looking down the list, there are plenty of opportunities to engage….

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…

The battle over evidence-based approaches to development

11-16-10 Evidence, from iampeas on Flickr (cc) If you haven’t already seen it, it’s worth looking at the debate over evidence-based approaches to development assistance that ran over three days on Duncan Green’s From Poverty to Power blog. In the first post, Rosalind Eyben and Chris Roche suggest that evidence based approaches, along with results…

3 challenges for science and democracy after Rio+20

Rally to Restore Sanity, from Steve Rhodes’ photostream on Flickr (by-nc-nd) By Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director When sustainability poses complex and often tangled questions, how do we answer them? In international circles before, at and since Rio, we’re seeing strong arguments for a science-led agenda – from Earth System Science and planetary boundaries, to…

The limits of ‘evidence’: Evidence-Based Policy-making for African agriculture

By James Sumberg, Martha Awo, John Thompson, George T-M Kwadzo and Dela-Dem Doe Fiankor, Researchers, STEPS Centre Livestock project Agricultural policy makers in Africa are now being dragged into the era of ‘evidence-based’ policy (EBP) making. But the quality and availability of evidence in some countries – and debates about what even counts as evidence…

Credibility Across Cultures: resources

A set of resources relevant to the STEPS Centre Annual Symposium 2013 Credibility across cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of scientific advice Symposium home  |  Video  |  Presentations   |  Photos  |  Storify  |  Blog Science and uncertainty Article: Keep it Complex. When knowledge is uncertain, experts should avoid pressures to simplify their advice. Render decision-makers…

Credibility Across Cultures – STEPS Annual Symposium 2013

Our symposium on the global politics of scientific advice was held on 6-7 February at the University of Sussex. Video, slides, comment and other resources are now available to view. Video  |  Presentations  |  Resources  |  Photos  |  Storify  |  Blog STEPS Symposium Programme (pdf, 735kb) Credibility Across Cultures: expertise, uncertainty and the global politics of…

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…