Science, evidence and government policy: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic



  • Kieran Walshe


  • Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers;
  • Christina Pagel, Director of Clinical Operational Research Unit, UCL; and
  • Sarah Wollaston, GP and former MP for Totnes

Never before have science, research and evidence been so central to government policymaking, so widely discussed in the media and in public discourse, and so controversial and contentious especially in debates on social media. This sessions is an opportunity to think about and reflect on what we have learned – about how scientists and researchers work with government, about the relationship between research evidence and public policy, and about the boundaries between these two worlds – and what we have learned from this pandemic.