Science, Technology and Public Policy

Taught as POGO8138/VCPG8138, and a Professional Workshop Series

Science, Technology & Public Policy – Professional Short Course

Advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovation create challenges and opportunities for public policy in all sectors. To address them, policy professionals increasingly need to grapple with diverse and complex forms of evidence and expertise. Are your analytical skills up to date for this environment?

What types and sources of expertise do you need to access to articulate public policy questions raised by developments in science and technology? How can you critically assess and synthesise them to develop sound policy-relevant judgments?

This short course provides the skills and knowledge you need to navigate the interface between science, technology and public policy for your work in the public service, learned academies, research agencies, professional associations or public communication.


In 2021, this course will combine online and face-to-face delivery around 6 major topics. We will use case studies to explore key issues on the following indicative topics.  

  • Frameworks to understand the interface of science, technology, public policy and the law
  • Data science and AI in the public sector
  • Energy transitions and technological change
  • Health inequalities and biomedical research
  • Environmental conservation and novel biotechnologies
  • Sustainable Agriculture and low-carbon solutions

Online materials for each topic will consist of curated readings, pre-recorded talks and panel discussions with senior experts in science and policy plus questions for discussion at a workshop.

Course participants will need to review online materials prior to attending the corresponding workshop. They will have the option of attending panel discussions ‘live’ on Zoom (dates and Zoom meeting details for these will be circulated to registered participants by mid-April).   

Workshops run on the following dates. They will be co-facilitated by the course convener, A/Prof Sujatha Raman (CPAS director of research) and Dr Christiane Gerblinger (Commonwealth Department of Treasury & Sir Roland Wilson Foundation alumna)

  • Friday, 14 May: 11-1 (face-to-face) OR 2-4 (online)
  • Friday, 21 May: 11-1 (face-to-face) OR 2-4 (online)
  • Friday, 28 May: 11-1 (face-to-face) OR 2-4 (online)
  • Friday, 4 June: 11-1 (face-to-face) OR 2-4 (online)
  • Friday, 11 June: 11-1 (face-to-face) OR 2-4 (online)
  • Friday, 18 June: 11-1 (face-to-face) OR 2-4 (online)

Note: If you are an ANU postgraduate student wanting to take this course for credit, please see here.

The short course, without assessment and not for ANU credit, is run concurrently and registered through Eventbrite.

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Individual workshops are $450. The full series of 6 workshops costs $2700.