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Evidence-based policy should not be a radical concept. It needs to be celebrated.
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, the Deafness Cognition And Language Research Centre (DCAL) hosted an event exploring the powerful benefits of bilingualism in spoken and sign languages, for hearing and deaf people alike - benefits that reach hearing and deaf people alike.
What does it mean for us that the world’s population has reached 7 billion? Is it sustainable? Will there be enough food, energy, land space, or even enough oxygen, for not just the 7 billion we have now, but the 9 billion we are estimated to have by 2015? What can we do about it? The Festival of Social Sciences event ‘The World at 7 Billion’ is certainly not shying away from brave questions.
The timing of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences could not be more pertinent, and the European Social Survey (ESS) event - ‘British social attitudes in European comparative context’ – shows just how much the work of social scientists can offer us all.