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Parliament meets science in business

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09:00 – 13:00 16 Nov 2012
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North East Technology Park Incubator, Sedgefield, TS21 3FD

This event will bring together parliamentarians, spokespersons from the Department for Innovation, Business & Skills and the
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee with representatives from science-based business and industry.
This is the first in a series of IOP Business Briefings in the North East and aims to provide simple, practical information on the
work of MPs and MEPs in representing North East science-based business and industry; how parliament scrutinises the work of
government and the opportunities for you to get involved; how government departments and the work of select committees can
help North East business and industry raise concerns and issues at a national level.
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Sir Peter Knight – IOP President
Phil Wilson MP
Fiona Hall MEP
Dr Stephen McGinness – Clerk to the Science & Technology Select Committee
Tom Smyth – Deputy Head BIS Yorkshire, Humber & North East
9:00 - Registration. Tea and coffee available
9:30-9:45 - Welcome and introduction
Councillor Neil Foster, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Durham County Council and Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of the Institute of Physics
9:45-10:15 - BIS in the North East: working for you
Tom Smyth, Deputy Head, Dept. for Business, Innovation & Skills - Yorkshire, Humber & North East Team
10:15-10:45 - The role of MPs in working with science based business/industry
Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield
10:45-11:05 - Coffee break
11:05-11:35 - Engaging with parliamentary committees
Dr Stephen McGinness, Clerk to the Science and Technology Select Committee
11:35-12:05 - Science in the European parliament - Fiona Hall, MEP North East England
12:05-12:50 - Open forum discussion with panel members
Prof Sir Peter Knight (Chair); Fiona Hall, Phil Wilson, Stephen McGinness, Tom Smythe
12:50-13:00 - Closing comments: Prof. Sir Peter Knight
13:00 - Buffet lunch

Event type: Event
Co-sponsored by: Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Outreach Service and Business Durham
Organised by: Institute of Physics
Contact details: Dr Alex Brabbs, Regional Officer – Yorkshire & North East
Email: alex.brabbs@iop.org

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North East Technology Park Incubator, Sedgefield, TS21 3FD
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09:00 – 13:00 16 Nov 2012
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