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‘A Disconnect in Need of Urgent Repair: Scientific thinking and policy-making’, 28th August, 2014

Abstract:

In this lecture, the speaker will address a global problem. Governments, the world-over, aim to serve people through crafting of policy. Scientific evidence can play a key role in policy making. Science is not the only component in policy-making, indeed it is usually a minor one. Several other factors, social, historical and economic perhaps play far more important roles. Yet, disconnecting science and evidence from policy making can have disastrous short and long-term consequences. The speaker will draw from examples where science has had deep (positive and negative) consequences in our lives through policy, and attempt to extract lessons for the future of our planet.

Speaker:

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan is Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Distinguished Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Bengaluru, India. Prof. VijayRaghavan is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy, the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, from where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. His doctoral work in molecular biology was at TIFR, Mumbai, India and postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, USA.

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