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workshop: Speaking to Policy: Interdisciplinary Approaches

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CHM/IAS Early Career Lunch and Workshop

part of a programme of events for the joint CHM-WBS-WMS IAS International Visiting Fellowship of Dr Julie Schmittdiel of Kaiser Permanente, USA, 15-23 May 2017. 


Professor Roberta Bivins, Department of History, Wellcome Trust Investigator, ‘The Cultural History of the NHS’

Dr Jenny Crane, Centre for the History of Medicine and former POST Fellow

Dr Jane Hand, Centre for the History of Medicine and former POST Fellow

Dr Julie Schmittidiel, IAS International Visiting Fellow and Director of the NIDDK-funded Health Delivery Systems Center for Diabetes Translational Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research

Thomas Powell, Health Policy Specialist, Social Policy Section, House of Commons Library

Dr Sarah Bunn, Biology and Health, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Optional Reading:

Merlin Chowkwanyun; The Seat at the Table Problem: Broadening Reception for Historians of Medicine and Public Health.’ 

J Hist Med Allied Sci 2015; 70(4): 661-666.

Academics from all disciplines are increasingly urged to share their evidence and expertise with policy-makers across government and civil society. Recent studies also suggest that academic researchers have retained relatively high levels of public trust as contributors to public debate. But how can researchers, particularly from the arts and humanities, make their voices heard and gain seats at the policy-making table? What can we say, and how can we most effectively say it?

This workshop will bring together a panel of speakers from within and beyond the academy to share their experiences and strategies for reaching out to policy-makers and making their voices heard. Over a curry, panelists and participants will discuss techniques, ideas and the potential pitfalls of active engagement in policy debates, particularly on controversial and sensitive subjects.

Please register here if you would like to attend.

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