Newton’s Apple has organised and contributed to a number of conferences which bring together all stakeholders: those that know about science, those who are in positions to make real changes and those who are affected by them… 

Cancer 2025: The Science Pathway to Effective Treatment and Services

Dr Ian Gibson MP, with Rebecca Seden of Cancer Backup and Newton’s Apple Trustee Branwen Hide at the Newton’s Apple conference, Delivering Innovative Cancer Diagnotics & Treatments to Patients.

Newton’s Apple created a neutral forum for stakeholders in cancer research, treatment, and policy to debate and propose actions to optimise cancer research, treatments and services in 2025.  The Conference resulted in a report which sets out a vision of cancer treatments and services in 2025.  The report puts forward innovative recommendations for concrete actions by Government, regulators, funding bodies, industry and other stakeholders, as well as suggesting areas for further investigation and stakeholder consultation.

To read the report, Cancer Vision 2025 please click here.

Cancer Innovation: Delivering Innovative Cancer Diagnostics and Treatments to Patients

This conference followed on from the success of the first Newton’s Apple cancer project, Cancer Vision 2025. It was organised for stakeholders involved with the research, development and distribution of cancer diagnostics and treatments, the Government, regulatory bodies and the NHS, as well as patient groups, clinicians, nurses and others, to identify how greater uptake of innovative diagnostics and treatments could be achieved for the benefit of patients.

The resulting report puts forward a series of recommendations for the Government, academia, industry, regulatory bodies, healthcare professionals, research funding bodies (including the cancer research charities), and other key stakeholders, for the improvement in delivering innovative diagnostics and treatments to cancer patients.

To read the report, Delivering Innovative Cancer Diagnostics and Treatments to Patients please click here.

NESTA Crucible 2007

Newton’s Apple facilitated a Parliamentary Question Time Session for the 30 participants of the scheme, giving scientists an opportunity to talk directly to Parliamentarians. The event highlighted the importance of engaging stakeholders and helping to build firm interdisciplinary relationships.

Project Faraday

Newton’s Apple facilitated a conference in May 2007 on behalf of the then Department for Education & Skills bringing together over 100 stakeholders to consult upon Project Faraday, which supports excellent interactive science teaching and learning.

Women in Science 2007 – Policy and Networking Conference

Newton’s Apple organised a Newton’s Heirs Workshop for 25 young women in science, engineering and technology.

NESTA Crucible 2008

Newton’s Apple was involved with NESTA Crucible 2008, where we provided the Newton’s Heirs Workshop, ‘An Introduction to Science Policy’ to postdoctoral researchers from a wide variety of disciplines.

BA Science Communication Conference 2008

Engaging with Policy for the Purpose of Explaining Science

Newton’s Apple enabled science communicators to question and debate with panellists from across the science policy spectrum.  Topics under debate included how Parliament balances public opinion with scientific evidence in current debates, such as that on hybrid embryos.

BA Festival of Science 2008

Newton’s Apple, in partnership with the Food Protection Agency, ran a session entitled ‘What are you being served?’  This explored how the science underpinning policy and advice arrives on your plate with a panel of food experts.

NESTA “Crucible in a Box”

This is an extension of the NESTA Crucible Programme  which was aimed  to help researchers, to network, to  see the bigger picture and look to solve more complex challenges across several disciplines.  Amongst other things Crucible sought to show how evidence-based policy is made and how to  communicate with the media and public.  Newton’s Apple contributed to Workshops to these programmes .  “Crucible in a Box” is an extension of this approach and provides other organisations with a collection of assets and materials to allow them to run their own Crucible programmes within their own institutions.  Newton’s Apple Workshop contributors provided video interviews which have been included in the material in the ‘Box’.