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Science and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy

Donnelly, C (Imperial College London)
Monday 10 June 2013, 13:15-14:15

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


Cattle TB is currently costing UK taxpayers £90million a year to control. By the end of May 2013, at least 27 people had died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) caused by the newly identified coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The stakes are high and scientists are increasingly feeding into policy discussions and informing the public and stakeholder groups. However, scientific evidence alone rarely (if ever) determines policy and at times evidence-based public policy can seem a faint hope. When should we call a policy “science-based”? And does “science-informed” policy deliver what it appears to promise?


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