Westminster workshop 26th February 2015


House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, 

Committee Room 07

13.30 – 17.00 

26th February 2015

  • 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.

The Workshop 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 panellists will provide information from their own unique perspective on ways in which scientists can communicate more effectively with policy makers.
  • Stephen Metcalfe MP, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock,. Member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
  • Dr Monica Darnborough, Formerly Director of Biotechnology, Department of Trade and Industry, and a former civil servant in the Cabinet Office
  • Dr Stephen Benn, Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Society of Biology
  • Discussion – Participants will have a chance to put their questions to the panellists 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 michael.elves@btinternet.com.

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