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Risk, Uncertainty and Regulation

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Scientists are called upon to advise policy makers about risks on topics ranging from drugs to disease, from ash to alcohol. Often, scientists are able to say that there is a risk, but that there is considerable uncertainty about the size of the risk. As a consequence the appropriate course of action for evidence-based policy-makers may be unclear, and even if it is clear, other factors may over-ride scientific advice. Against this background, I will talk about how policy-makers react to scientific advice, illustrating with examples from current policy in relation the health and the environment.

Event website here: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/1448/

This talk is part of the CRASSH lectures series.

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