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Science and Politics

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Duration: 0:34:06 | Added: 04 Nov 2016
Oxford DPhil students discuss the relationship between scientific advice and government policy

The relationship between scientists and politicians has never been an easy one. These days scientists advice our government on anything from run-of-the-mill policy decisions, to cyber-warfare, to natural disasters, to taxation, and on the future of our energy needs; but, with only 10% of MPs having a scientific background, is this advice always understood, and even when it is, do politicians always adhere to it?

Host: Aled Walker (3rd year DPhil, Magdalen College, Mathematics)
Guests: Kathyrn Boast (4th year DPhil, St. Peter's College, Physics), Rob Shalloo (3rd year DPhil, Lincoln College, Physics)

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