External training and development

Find training and development opportunities here from a range of external providers, such as from the UK Parliament.

A number of organisations are offering on-line and in-person policy engagement training for researchers. If you have questions about the content or access to any of the training opportunities offered, please contact the Policy Engagement Team at researchandpublicpolicy@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Policy Secondment: The Royal Academy of Engineering - Articulating Policy Impact

The University Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) and Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) are pleased to announce a new Policy Secondment opportunity with the Policy and International Partnerships Directorate of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The academy is looking for someone to work with them to develop deep, rich impact narratives which look back at issues on which the Academy has a track record of sustained policy work, to document that work and to track, understand and articulate the influence that work stream has had. This placement is only open to staff at UPEN member universities, of which Oxford is one, so please contact Jessica Hedge for a copy of the full job description.


23:59 BST, 28 July 2021

Understanding People for Nature: Social Science Expert panel

Natural England is seeking to appoint up to six individuals from across the social science community to join its new Social Science Expert Panel (SSEP). The two-year panel will provide advice, underpinned by the latest social science evidence, to the Natural England Scientific Advisory Committee.


12:00 BST, 11 August 2021

STEPPS Knowledge Brokering between Research and Government seminar

The Strengthening and Transferring Evidence for Policies and Politics Society (STEPPS) is presenting an internationally orientated online seminar on ‘Knowledge Brokering between Research and Government’. They would like to foster a discussion on deepening the understanding of this new profession, and would like to invite anyone with an interest to be a part of this attempt. Key topics that will be addressed include:

  • Access to new knowledge for policymakers
  • Creating new policy knowledge
  • Translating knowledge to pragmatic options for decision makers
  • Translating evidence to politics and the public. There is a fee for this event but as a member of UPEN, members of the University receive a 30% discount.


10:00 – 16:30 BST, 22 September 2021

INGSA2021 — Build Back Wiser: Knowledge, Policy and Publics in Dialogue

4th International Conference on Science Advice to Governments

International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is as forum for policymakers, practitioners, national academies, scientific societies, and researchers to share experience, build capacities, and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.

This year’s INGSA annual conference will bring together more than 1,500 political representatives, diplomats and government science advisors to promote scientific expertise and the use of scientific knowledge in informing policy decisions in an increasingly complex world. The conference will focus on three main themes: “Promise and Pandemic: Reshaping Science Advice”; “Foresight and Resilience: From SDGs to Emerging Technologies”; and “Evidence and Democracy: Sustaining Trust in a Challenging World”. Participation is free and you can register here.

The conference will feature a Digital Posters platform, which will enable participants to provide short and compelling pre-recorded video presentations on research or innovations across the field of science advice and science diplomacy. Digital Posters will be accepted based on submission of a written abstract no later than 11 April 2021. More information about how to submit an abstract for a Digital Poster can be found here.

When: from 30 August to 2 September 2021 (in hybrid and virtual format)

STEPPS Knowledge Brokering between Research and Government seminar

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