Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government has said that it is following the science, but what does that mean when scientists do not necessarily agree on the evidence or what action should be taken?

This panel discussion will look at the question from a variety of different scientific angles, from behavioural science to public health and science communication and policy implementation.

David Halpern is Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team; geophysicist, civil servant and science communicator Claire Craig is Provost of The Queen’s College, Oxford; Daniela De Angelis is Professor of Statistical Science for Health at the University of Cambridge; Parth Patel is a research fellow at the IPPR think tank and at University College London’s Institute of Health Informatics and has worked as a junior doctor during the COVID pandemic. The session will be chaired by Rob Doubleday, Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.