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13 February, 2014

Conference - Models for Real World Policy, London 25th April 2014

Conference – Models for Real World Policy

Date: 25th April 2014 – 9.30-17.30 with drinks reception
Venue: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG spades
A one day conference for policy professionals to consider how the policy making processes can benefit from new tools and thinking emerging from study of complex social systems involved in real world global challenges.
The event is convened by the four Complexity Science in the Real World projects featured on this website.  There will be an opportunity to hear from senior policy figures making use of modelling in their work.
As the projects enter their final phase, this is an opportunity for interaction between academia and policy, building on local, national and international stakeholder engagement that has taken place since the projects started in 2010, to steer the outputs towards real world influence.
The research combines social science with cutting edge science in Maths, Computing, Engineering and Physics to develop models and simulations using an advanced set of techniques.  Applications include
  • care for an ageing population
  • immigration and diversity
  • sustainability
  • energy
  • trade
  • security
  • crime
  • international aid
  • employment and voting
Integration between these themes will be considered at global and local scales.

Speakers: These will include Prof Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor, Home Office and Alec Waterhouse, Head of Modelling Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) together with all four project leads, Prof Nigel Gilbert, Sir Alan Wilson, Prof Jane Falkingham and Prof Ed Fieldhouse.

Policy speaker bios
Academic speaker bios

There will also be discussion groups and poster sessions.

Programme: can be viewed here.
Audience: The event will be of interest to senior professionals involved in researching, analysing, drafting and evaluating policies and advising government.  They may be working in Government Departments and Bodies, Civil Service, Think Tanks, NGOs, Charities and other intermediaries.  It will be especially relevant to those with a cross-cutting remit helping translate new thinking.  Potential stakeholders previously unfamiliar with the projects are especially welcome.
Registration: The event is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and is free to attend.  Lunch and refreshments provided.

To book a place please register online and complete the registration questionnaire


You must register even if you are speaking or running the event so we can gauge the attendees, catering requirements and perform an evaluation.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to cancel your place or send a substitute, correct delegate packs and catering provisions cannot be guaranteed less than five working before the event.