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Defra wants ‘porous’ boundary with scientific world

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs plans to gain access to the best advice from across all disciplines to inform its policymaking, a conference was told.

On 10 July, the Royal Society published its report on the Science for Defra conference held at the society at the end of March.

At the conference, Clare Moriarty, Defra’s permanent secretary, outlined the vision for an ‘open’ Defra, where there were no barriers to getting all interested parties together and talking through decisions in an informed way. This would set a precedent for other government departments, according to the report.

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