Have you ever wondered 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?
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.
This ‘Introduction to Science Policy’ workshop will give you the chance to find out more about the policy process and the methods by which you can contribute to it. The workshop will also give you the chance to put your questions to the people who have worked regularly on science policy issues.
13:30 - 14:00 Registration
14:00 - 14:30 Welcome and introduction
Dr Michael Elves, Chairman, Newton’s Apple (formerly Director of Scientific and Educational Affairs, Glaxo Wellcome and Special Adviser to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee)
14:30 - 15:00 Science in Government
Amanda Dickins, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
15:00 - 15:30 Science in Parliament
Dr Brian Iddon (formerly MP for Bolton South East and member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee)
15:30 - 16:00 Science Policy - the role of Learned Societies
Alex Connor, Senior Policy Manager, Institute of Physics
16:00 - 16:45 How scientists can influence Government Policy - two case studies:
“The 2008 Fertilisation and Embryology Act” - Dr Ian Gibson (formerly MP for Norwich North and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee)
“The EU Physical Agents Directive and its potential impact on use of MRI" - Dr Michael Elves
16:45 - 17:15 Discussion
Participants will have the opportunity to pose their questions to the panelists on science policy issues and how the science-into-policy process can be improved.
Participants will be provided with Newton’s Apple booklets: “Science Policy Explained and Explored”, “How Policy is Made - A Short Guide” and “An Introduction to Policy Making in the European Union”.