Science and Technology in the service of the state

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The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) is hosting a two-day workshop later this week discussing the challenges facing science and technology research in support of public policy.

Changes in public policy missions; shifts in the global production of scientific knowledge and technology; and the wider austerity agenda are all placing significant pressures in this field.

Science and Technology in the Service of the State will explore how ‘mission-oriented’ science and technology systems are coping with such challenges, by exploring the characteristics of such systems and their evolution; the changing role of advice and advisors in the policy process; the place of government labs and government scientists; and the changing relationship between academics and policy makers.

Speakers include Prof Roger Pilke (University of Colorado); Prof James Wilsdon (SPRU); and Prof Brian Balmer (UCL). The workshop is on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 October at MBS in the MIOIR conference room, Harold Hankins building 10.04/10.05.

For the full programme contact andrew.james@mbs.ac.uk or kieron.flanagan@mbs.ac.uk.

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