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GSE Opportunities: 500 Women Scientists, Jim Al-Khalili and Science Advice in an Emergency

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This blog post is a collection of vacancies, events and learning and development opportunities for people working in Government Science and Engineering.

Event: Women in Science, 28th June

On Wed 28 June, 17:00 – 19:00, UCL and the 500 Women Scientists London Pod are holding a forum to discuss the issues and challenges women face in STEM subjects.

There will be a range of women in science from different disciplines at different stages in their careers talking about their experiences. The audience will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions and discuss their own experiences in a supportive environment.

All are welcome to attend, whether you are woman in science, a supporter of women in science, or just want to know more about this critical issue.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are free.

Event: Policy Masterclass: Science Advice in an Emergency, 5th July

Chris Whitty, Deputy GCSA and CSA for Department of Health and Stuart Wainwright, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, will be leading an interactive session providing an insight into how scientific evidence, advice and expertise plays a crucial role in fast-paced policy decision making in a national or international crisis.

Experience how science advice is rapidly sourced, assessed and shared through the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and fed into Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR) committee in response to a national emergency.

This is a joint event between the Policy Profession and GSE and is aimed at Senior Civil Servants and Grade 6 and Grade 7’s.

Register for the event on Eventbrite.

Event: Science communication: Jim Al-Khalili & Sir Mark Walport, 11th July

Join Professor Jim Al-Khalili, a theoretical physicist and BBC broadcaster, in conversation with Sir Mark Walport, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the GSE profession at the Royal Society. They will discuss the important role that evidence plays in good policy making and the need for scientists to communicate effectively.

This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for scientists and engineers working in government to hear from someone playing a significant role in raising the profile of science in the UK.

Tickets are free.

RCUK PhD internships

Research Council funded PhD students can now apply to work in GO-Science for 3 months, as a work placement.

Further details are at:

The closing date for applications is 10 August 2017.

Vacancy: Head of the CSL Analysis and Insight Team, 3rd July

Grade 6/7, Band A

The aim of the CSL Analysis and Insight Team is to use high-quality data, analysis and insight to drive delivery and improvement in Civil Service Learning – ensuring that we offer the best possible learning and development for civil servants.
Closing date: 3 July

Learning & Development: SCS Masterclasses: The Blavatnik School in Whitehall, 26th September

The UK is redefining its relationships with international partners. As we leave the EU, our interactions will change. This will also affect the way that international companies, investors, non-governmental organisation and workers view the UK. What are the opportunities and threats that this represents? How should we approach the task of resetting these partnerships? What insights are there for the UK in the experience of other nations?

Book your place.

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Featured image by Jeffrey Allen, used under Creative Commons.

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