Science policy advice systems in the UK and Spain

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Science policy advice systems in the UK and Spain
What are the objectives and benefits of evidence-based policy making? These and other related issues will be discussed on the 22nd of June at the Rafael del Pino Foundation.

On the 22nd of June the Secretary of State for Science, Development and Innovation, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the British Embassy in Madrid, and the Rafael del Pino Foundation are jointly organizing a conference on science policy advice structures in the UK and in Spain.

Now more than ever, Governments need effective science policy advice as we face global challenges including climate change, food scarcity, cyber security or crises such as Ebola or Fukushima.   

What can be achieved by embedding science policy advice mechanisms in the legislative and executive powers? How can we ensure that scientific evidence is taken into consideration in the policy making process? We will analyse concrete examples from Spain and the UK during the discussion of these themes, while identifying opportunities for collaboration.

There are many governmental science policy advice models. The UK, for example, has a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) who provides advice to the Prime Minister since 1964. Since 2002, additional CSAs have been appointed by different Ministries and now work as a science network to support the government.

Use the event’s hashtag  #scienceadvice.  

The conference is open to the public. Please confirm your participation by sending a confirmation email to: 


12:30  Welcome.

  • Ms. María del Pino, President of the Rafael del Pino Foundation.
  • Ms. Carmen Vela, Minister of State for Research, Development and Innovation.
  • Mr. Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain.

12:40   Science policy advice in the United Kingdom.

  • Prof. Robin Grimes, Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chief Scientific Advisor.

12:55   Science policy advice in Spain.

  • Ms. Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation.

13:10   Round table: “The future of science advice”.

  • Dr. Emilio Lora Tamayo, President of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
  • Dr. Antoni Esteve Cruella, Director of Esteve and President of the Catalonian Research and Innovation Foundation.
  • Dr. Chris Tyler, Director of Public Policy in University College London and former Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).
  • Dra. Jo Dally,  Head of Policy (Research) at Royal Society. 
  • Moderator: Ms. Cristina Gallardo, Senior editor at Research Fortnight review.

13:50   Questions & Answers.



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