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Evidence-based Policy for Decision-Makers

The Royal Society of Queensland

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

Evidence-based Policy for Decision-Makers

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Full day including all refreshments. Should an election be called the $399.90 fee will be refundable to candidates and others involved in the election.
14 Tickets 17/11/2017 $380.00 $19.90
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Registrants may book in without paying upfront. After registration, an invoice for $400 will be sent to the email address used for registration. If the registrant withdraws after 7 days before the event, the full fee is payable unless a State election is called and the registrant is involved in the election.
15 Tickets 17/11/2017 Free $0.00

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The Royal Society of Queensland is pleased to offer a professional development day open to all who would like to strengthen their skills in building scientific and other evidence-based knowledge into policy.

This professional development workshop is aimed at bridging the gap in dialogue between scientists and policy-makers. It will be valuable to those in positions of leadership in government, business and civil society who have not been qualified in tertiary-level science. It will also suit scientists who aspire to a policy role or have recently been appointed to one. Candidates for State and local government election will benefit from an understanding of the policy-making process and how to differentiate credible, robust evidence from "alternative facts". Elected members, business executives and their advisers will be briefed on how to tap into disparate sources of scientific knowledge which at first sight don't appear to offer any unified perspective.


Fee $400. The fee is fully refundable to State candidates if the State election is called prior to the date of the event.


A place is transferable to another person without additional fee.

The course will focus on evidence-based methods of crafting policy and will not be heavy in technical scientific content. It will be structured to suit participants who have a practical or commercial rather than an academic background.


The course is not focused on the environmental sciences. 'Scientific method' is applicable to all portfolios including transport, health, education, emergency services, state development and agriculture.


A LUNCHTIME FORUM by the Queensland Policy Network will be held on a topic to be selected during the course. This will be open to all, beyond attendees.

The following program is provisional. The final program will be revised to align with the interests of those who register:

  • Dr Geoff Edwards and Michael Gutteridge: History of scientific discovery, Enlightenment, scientific method, peer-reviewed authentication.
  • Dr Brendan Markey-Towler: History of economic thought.
  • Kate Charters: Policy essentials.

  •  Heather Douglas: Government, business and society.

  • Patrick Moss and Emeritus Prof Ian Lowe: Science essentials (physics - thermodynamics, chemistry, geomorphology) and limits to growth.

  •  Michael Gutteridge and G Edwards: Psychological barriers to evidence based policy.

  • Dr Geoff Edwards: Defining the ‘public interest’ as a benchmark for policy.

  • Climate change
  • Case studies will focus on subjects of contemporary interest to the registrants

  •  A full day of refreshments will be served

  • A limited question-and-answer service will be available for participants for 12 months after the date of the event.


Have questions about Evidence-based Policy for Decision-Makers? Contact The Royal Society of Queensland

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George Williams Hotel
317-325 George Street
Brisbane City, QLD 4000

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (AEST)

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The Royal Society of Queensland

  • The Royal Society of Queensland is a generalist learned society which aims to network across scientific disciplines and between science and policy. It was established in 1884 and traces its origin to the Royal Society of London, established in 1660.

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