Evidence Support Initiative co-design session
The Evidence Support Initiative is a project for partnering scientific researchers with their local councils, providing on-demand advice on scientific issues to fit the needs of councillors, and perhaps also passing on the skills to find and use scientific information. The researchers aren't there to advocate and didn't sit as part of the council, their role is simply to help find relevant information that might otherwise not be accessible/discoverable by councils, and to broaden the range of information that the councils have available to use.
This co-design session is open to councillors and council representatives (including mayors, clerks etc.) and academic science researchers (PhD to Prof). We'll be working together to shape how the placements should work, what training will be necessary for participants, and how to implement a national roll-out. This builds on our pilot which you can read more about here and here.
The event will run online. There is a £150 allowance for council participants, and there will be snacks arriving by post for all participants. If you are keen but have any difficulties taking part so get in touch and we will see what we can do to help. There will be no preparation required, and you don't need any prior experience in this area.