Evidence-based medicine is one of the triumphs of recent decades and has indisputably saved innumerable lives and resulted in more cost-effective practice. However, is this the right approach for other areas of policy, such as conservation biology, education or crime reduction? Two key problems are: first, that it is difficult to run randomised controlled experiments for many ecological problems; and, secondly, that local conditions mean that experiments elsewhere may not really apply to your site. Professor Sutherland described the strengths and limitations of the current approaches and suggested an alternative solution.
Organised in partnership with the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research (SCRR).
This event was open to all and free to attend.
Professor William J Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge