The role of Scientists, Experts & Academia in Open Policymaking

A lot of the discussion around open policymaking has tended to focus on engaging with new stakeholders i.e. those who have not traditionally participated in the policymaking process. But what impact might open policymaking have on the way policymakers have tended to engage with scientists, academia and other expert groups? Also, what role might these stakeholders have in the wider engagement?

The Future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall seminar series will be considering these points as well as, more generally, how policymakers can make more effective use of scientific advice in the context of Civil Service Reform. The first seminar in the series titled Culture Clash- bridging the divide between science and policy will take place on 20 November at the Institute for Government. For more details  about the Sciencewise- Experts Resource Centre (ERC)  initiative as well as information about the other seminars, visit the  Sciencewise-ERC site.

If you decide to go to one of the seminars, it would be great if you could come back here and share your thoughts  and any useful insights.