December Westminster Workshop


Palace of Westminster,  House of Commons,

Committee Room 10

15.45 – 18.00 

4th December 2012

Have you ever wondered if, and how, scientists and their research can influence government science policy?

How can scientists help prevent budget cuts, increase funding and improve the public standing of science?

Would you like to contribute to the decisions that shape science and society in the future?

This ‘Introduction to Science Policy’ workshop will give you the chance to find out more about the policy processes and the methods by which you can contribute to them.  You will also have the opportunity to put your questions to the people who work regularly on science policy issues.

TheWorkshop is suitable for postgraduate and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and those whose work role would benefit by a knowledge of the science-into-policy processes.

Workshop structure:

An introduction to science policy – Presentation by Dr Michael Elves, Chairman,Newton’s Apple.

The guest panelists will provide information from their own unique perspective on ways in which scientists can communicate more effectively with policy makers.

Mr Andrew Miller MP – , Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

Dr Miles Parker – Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, DEFRA

Dr Stephen Benn – Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Government Relations,   Society of Biology. 

Discussion – Participants will have a chance to put their questions to the panelists on science policy issues and how the science-into-policy process can be improved.

To book places on the workshop download an application form and return via email to

NOTE; There are a limited number of places available, so reserve your place early!