Episode Summary

The relationship between science and policy can be difficult at the best of times. Professor Sir John Beddington knows this better than most. In his time as the United Kingdom's Chief Scientific Advisor, he dealt with a number of emergencies, including the swine flu epidemic, the volcanic ash incident that closed Eastern Atlantic air space, and the Fukushima nuclear incident. In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Professor Beddington discusses the state of science in public policy around the world and what scientists can do to get policymakers listening to the evidence. Professor Sir John Beddington was a guest at the recent Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, and The Economics and Science Group event ‘Bridging science, economics and policy silos‘. For more from the speakers of that event, see the following podcast and Policy Forum articles: Podcast with Karen Hussey, Kathleen Segerson, and Suzi Kerr: https://www.policyforum.net/bridging-gap-2/ Kathleen Segerson: https://www.policyforum.net/honesty-best-policy/ Suzi Kerr: https://www.policyforum.net/researchers-mars-policymakers-venus/ John Williams: https://www.policyforum.net/turning-tide-water-reform/ Rod Keenan: https://www.policyforum.net/escaping-ivory-tower/ Quentin Grafton: https://www.policyforum.net/back-2-the-future/ John Hewson: http://www.policyforum.net/real-leadership-can-tackle-climate-challenge/ Bob Cotton: https://www.policyforum.net/people-key-better-public-policy/

Episode Notes

The relationship between science and policy can be difficult at the best of times. Professor Sir John Beddington knows this better than most. In his time as the United Kingdom's Chief Scientific Advisor, he dealt with a number of emergencies, including the swine flu epidemic, the volcanic ash incident that closed Eastern Atlantic air space, and the Fukushima nuclear incident. In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Professor Beddington discusses the state of science in public policy around the world and what scientists can do to get policymakers listening to the evidence. Professor Sir John Beddington was a guest at the recent Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, and The Economics and Science Group event ‘Bridging science, economics and policy silos‘. For more from the speakers of that event, see the following podcast and Policy Forum articles: Podcast with Karen Hussey, Kathleen Segerson, and Suzi Kerr: https://www.policyforum.net/bridging-gap-2/ Kathleen Segerson: https://www.policyforum.net/honesty-best-policy/ Suzi Kerr: https://www.policyforum.net/researchers-mars-policymakers-venus/ John Williams: https://www.policyforum.net/turning-tide-water-reform/ Rod Keenan: https://www.policyforum.net/escaping-ivory-tower/ Quentin Grafton: https://www.policyforum.net/back-2-the-future/ John Hewson: http://www.policyforum.net/real-leadership-can-tackle-climate-challenge/ Bob Cotton: https://www.policyforum.net/people-key-better-public-policy/

About the Show

Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.