Having previously been postponed due to Pre-election period Prudah restriction, the “Rebooting the Expert” a.k.a. “Routes to Policy Impact” event finally took place on July 6th 2017.
The University of Nottingham public engagement and policy impact
Thursday July 6 2017, Jubilee Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus
Conference Chair: Alex Miles (Deputy Director for Communications and Advocacy)
0900-0930 Registration and Breakfast
0930-1030 What works in public and policy engagement?
Dr Jenni Chambers (Head of Public Engagement with Research – Research Councils UK)
Mel Knetsch (Strategic lead for Innovation and Interdisciplinarity – ESRC)
Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff (Research Professor of Chemistry – University of Nottingham)
Dr Michael Scott (Associate Professor and Impact Officer – University of Warwick)
Chloe Sheppard (Researchers’ Engagement Manager – Wellcome Trust)
1030-1130 Nottingham experiences
A series of University of Nottingham academics and professional staff share their experience of policy and public engagement work in rapid-fire ‘pecha-kucha’ style presentations, followed by Q&A
1130-1145 Coffee Break
1145-1230 Rebooting the ‘expert’
Rick Hall (Founder – Ignite Futures Ltd)
Dom McDonald (Head of Education – The Royal Institution)
Sir Alan Meale (MP for Mansfield 1987-2017)
Farai Pfende (Head of Learning and Development – JoCo Learning and Development)
Dr Karen Salt (Co-Director, Centre for Research in Race and Rights – University of Nottingham)
1330-1335 Developing impact leaders at Nottingham
Dr Lyndsey Harris (Assistant Professor in Criminology – University of Nottingham)
1335-1400 The future for Nottingham
Professor Dame Jessica Corner (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange – University of Nottingham)
1400-1445 Breakout 1 (session options on next page)
1445-1530 Breakout 2 (session options on next page)
1530-1700 BBQ – Networking Opportunity & Doctoral Research Showcase
Breakout 1 – session options
Policy Engagement: where do I start? (Room 5)
Sarah Foxen (Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology)
Irena Hulova (Office of Alex Norris MP)
Professor Sarah Sharples (University of Nottingham)
Public Engagement: why bother? (Room 6)
Dr Jenni Chambers (RCUK)
Dr Susan Anderson (University of Nottingham)
Must do or wise to do? Writing impact and engagement into bids (Room 3)
Mel Knetsch (ESRC)
Dr Sara Goodacre (University of Nottingham)
Schools Engagement: why it matters and what you can do (Room 4)
Jon Rea (Nottingham City Council)
Professor Howard Stevenson (University of Nottingham)
Evaluating to make an impact (Room 2)
Dom McDonald (The Royal Institution)
Steven Hardy (University of Nottingham)
Breakout 2 – session options
Developing PE activity and pathways to impact (Room 6)
Dr Jenni Chambers (RCUK)
Dr Susan Anderson (University of Nottingham)
Presenting with impact: a practical session on public speaking and confidence (Room 5)
Martin Berry (award-winning director for theatre and radio)
Making the media work for you (Room 3)
Dr Denis Schluppeck (University of Nottingham)
Liz Cass (University of Nottingham)
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – web resources focus group (Room 4)
Sarah Foxen (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology)
Participatory research: engaging communities in your projects (Room 2)
Dr Sarah Pierce (University of Nottingham)
Dr Karen Salt (University of Nottingham)
Smart online platforms will be a vital enabler of future economic growth across the EU and a key component of the EU single digital market. They also promise new ways to pool and mobilise society’s resources with the potential to address various impending social and environmental crises.
However, to reap these benefits, new thinking is required around the regulation and governance of smart online platforms to ensure balanced interests, and to promote fair and safe forms of participation, particularly relating to the role played by algorithms and data in driving economies of scale.
This policy event will provide a forum to address the following questions:
- What are the challenges and opportunities for public policy of Smart Online Platforms?
- How can we leverage platforms for a more equal, just, and knowledgeable society?
- How can platforms play a role in reducing the social divide and retain hard-won rights and protections?
- What are the challenges and opportunities for existing industries from their disruptive business models?
- How should the regulatory environment change and what new regulatory institutions or instruments may be needed?
- How can these technologies support public objectives and help policy makers deliver solutions at greater scale and of greater impact?
This event is being organised by the Smart Society EU FET project which has been exploring technologies and governance models for the next generation of Smart Platforms. The event will include the launch of the Smart Society Social Charter, and high-profile keynote talks.
9.30 - 10.00 Registration 10.00 - 10.45 Keynote:The landscape of the collaborative economy, Helen Goulden (Nesta) 10.45 - 11.30 Keynote: Responsibility in Collaborative Economies (TBC) 11.30 - 12.00 Coffee 12.00 - 13.00 A Social Charter for Smart Platforms 13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion 13.30 - 14.30 Lunch 14.30 - 15.15 Panel Session 15.15 - 16.00 Closing plenary session
The NUCLEUS project field trip visit to Nottingham in May stimulated an exciting discussion about the current and future state of Responsible Research and Innovation in the city and region and provided much food for thought. The field trip researchers were highly impressed by the knowledge, experience and commitment of the people they interviewed, while Nottingham proved to be the ideal environment in which to explore the relationship between RRI and public policy making. We’re delighted with the feedback we have had from the NUCLEUS team and on behalf of the Stemcity partnership I would like to extend my grateful thanks to all of you who gave up your time to take part in the programme and also to those who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the interviews happen.
The field trip identified a number of common themes emerging from the interviews including:
- Nottingham has a very positive culture of partnership working between its research institutions and public policy makers
- However if RRI partnerships are to realise their potential dedicated management is needed
- Nottingham has an opportunity to be a ‘living lab’ in order to test bed new RRI approaches
In order to interrogate these findings in more detail a follow-up conference will take place on Friday 7th October from 9.30am – 1.30pm at the Council House. Through group workshops and plenary discussion we will explore:
- Strengthening local partnership working
- Developing test beds for new RRI approaches
- The impact of Brexit on UK RRI
Co-hosted by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University the conference is free to attend and a buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Attendance is not limited to NUCLEUS field trip participants and we welcome registrations from other interested colleagues and partners. However places are limited to 40 so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.
On June 14th CaSMa and Gada organized a joint workshop to explore the “youth civic engagement in the digital age”, which was funded by a seed-grant from the Governance and Public Policy RPA. The purpose of this workshop was to explore definitions and understanding around what youth civic engagement is (and also what is not), what motivates young people to engage and how to reach out to those whose voice is not being heard.
- City council
- National parliament outreach
- Regional & national civic NGOs
- Political/activist student societies
- Interested students
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome, registration and opening survey
11:00 – 11:15 Ice-breaker
11:15 – 11:40 What do we understand by civic engagement?
Aims and objectives of the event
What is civic engagement? Some background information
What is civic engagement? Examples from participants
Adopting a definition
11:40 – 12.10 Focus groups: motives, barriers and facilitators of youth civic engagement
Breaking into focus groups and choosing rapporteurs
Focus group discuss key issues/questions
12:10 – 12:20 Coffee break
12:20 – 12:35 Rapporteurs present findings
12:35 – 12-55 Wrap-up session
Discussing the findings
What have we learnt?
What do we do next?
12:55 – 13:00 Closing survey
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and networking at Trent Cafe
Policy and business leaders are urgently trying to understand how digital technologies are changing Europe’s economy. How can digitalisation be turned into an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs? What cutting-edge research currently exists? And critically, how can researchers, businesses and policy-makers collaborate to set Europe’s Digital Economy on the right course?
Nesta’s European Research Alliance for Digital Economy “Readie” organized this Research Summit as an event to network and hear from the most influential experts on the subject including:
• Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar and Veniam
• Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation
• Enrico Giovannini, member of the Club of Rome
• Nicklas Lundblad, Head of EMEA Public Policy and Government Relations at Google
• Claire Tansley, EPSRC Senior Portfolio Manager at RCUK
• Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Director R&D at the Digital Catapult
• Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester
• Ivo Spigel, Co-Founder and Contributing Editor, Tech.eu
• Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
Delegates will have the unique opportunity to:
• Hear from leading thinkers about the key trends affecting Europe’s Digital Economy
• Explore new datasets and big data methods to analyse the Digital Economy in real-time
• Join the experts on each panel to contribute your insights, experiences and top questions
• Hear from funders about upcoming research priorities
• Network with businesses to explore partnerships that generate actionable evidence
• Meet researchers from across Europe to forge new collaborations
• Translate their work into impact at Readie’s ‘policy hack’
This Research Summit brings together leading researchers, policy professionals and businesses with an interest in cutting-edge evidence, big data methods, entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. It is organised by Readie, Europe’s Research Alliance for a Digital Economy. Our partners include Nesta, Google, rkw, Nemode and Greenwich University.
On March 1st I participated in a debate on Digital Ethics organized by the Digital Enlightenment Forum (DEF). The debate was a follow-up of previous discussions at the DEF in 2015 and brought together lawyers, engineers, economists, social scientists and philosophers to discuss challenges and possible framework for digital ethics that might help people, organizations, businesses and societies deal with the fast and complex ways in which digital technologies are impacting human lives. What follows is an abbreviated summary of the event. A more complete version is available from the DEF website.
On February 17th and 18th the Alan Turing Institute held a two day ‘scientific scoping workshop’ on Algorithm Society with the tag-line: “If data is the oil of the 21st century then algorithms are the engines that animate modern economies and societies by providing reflection, analysis and action on our activities. This workshop will look at how algorithms embed in and transform economies and societies and how social and economic forces shape the creation of algorithms.”
The workshop started with three talks covering FinTech (by Prof. Donald MacKenzie), human attitudes/expectations and willingness to use/trust algorithmic decisions (by Berkeley Dietvorst) and a proposal for a “Machine Intelligence Commission” to investigate and interrogate algorithm bias and compliance with regulations (by Geoff Mulgan).