Sir Mark Walport: on standing for science and where science fits in policy

Professor Sir Mark Walport joined Science Soapbox for our first ever live show on July 21st. Sir Mark is UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of Science and Engineering Profession (HoSEP). Prior to his role in civil service, Sir Mark served as Director of the Wellcome Trust after leaving his post as Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London. In this episode, the Science Soapbox team, with the help of our live audience, chat about the distinction between scientific advice and scientific policy and the three lenses through which policy decisions are made.

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This episode was recorded on July 21, 2016 in front of a live audience at Caspary Auditorium at The Rockefeller University. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Science and Education Policy Association and the UK Science and Innovation Network for co-sponsoring the event.

Bill Foster: on bridging Science and State

Congressman Bill Foster is the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 11th district. Before moving into politics, Representative Foster enjoyed a successful career as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. In this episode, Science Soapbox chats with the Congressman about his path from particle accelerator to politics, the growing opioid epidemic, and what’s so freaky about the future of Artificial Intelligence.

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This episode was recorded on July 7, 2016 at the Longworth House Office Building. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Office of Congressman Bill Foster for the photo and hospitality.