Science, Technology & Public Policy – Professional Short Course

Advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovation create challenges and opportunities for public policy in all sectors. To address them, policy professionals increasingly need to grapple with diverse and complex forms of evidence and expertise to make judgments in the public interest.

Are your analytical skills up to date for this environment? What types and sources of expertise do you need to access to articulate public policy questions raised by developments in science and technology? How can you critically assess and synthesise them to develop sound policy-relevant judgments?

This short course provides the skills and knowledge you need to navigate the interface between science, technology and public policy for your work in the public service, learned academies, research agencies, professional associations or public communication.

There will be a total of six 2-hour workshops that will be preceded by a 1-hour live panel discussion with guest experts from different domains of science, technology and public policy. 

  1. Policy Judgment in the Public Interest: the Role of Science and Expertise
  2. Policy Judgment in the Public Interest: Governing Emerging Technologies
  3. Policy Judgment in the Public Interest: Data and Data Governance
  4. Policy Judgment in the Public Interest: Climate and Energy Transitions
  5. Policy Judgment in the Public Interest: Health and Biomedical Technology
  6. Policy Judgment in the Public Interest: Gene-editing for Environmental Biosecurity

For more information on these courses, please visit the ANU website.

Venue

Virtual