Science Policy Lecture 2017 – Evidence, Expertise and Policy

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

EVENING MEETING 18:00–19:00 Thursday 20 April 2017

In association with the Systematics Association.


Expert advice is an indispensable feature of modern societies. But who are the ‘experts’? Why are they trusted (or not)? What is their role? And why is their advice variously accepted, sidelined or ignored? This Lecture will draw on Professor Susan Owens’ extended study of a long-standing advisory body, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (1970–2011). The Commission delivered 33 reports over four decades of environmental policy formation. Close study of its practices and influence reveals a fascinating picture of an advisory body, and enables wider lessons to be drawn about the interplay of knowledge, expertise and policy.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.