Title: Science and Mathematics in Government: DNA Profiles, Border Security and Modern Slavery
Science and mathematics are relevant to a very wide range of Government policies and operations. For example, if someone is arrested but not charged, for how long should their DNA profile be retained? How should resources be allocated to queues at the border? How many victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are there in the UK today? Professor Silverman will discuss these and other aspects of his work as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, and will reflect more broadly on issues around the contribution of science to public policy.