The Biochemical Society's science policy work aims to champion the molecular biosciences by identifying and acting on key issues in science and education policy.
We are both reactive and proactive in our approaches. Informed by our Policy Committee and our members, particularly those within our Database of Expertise, we aim to ensure that the views of our membership are channelled to the appropriate policy-makers by responding to relevant consultations. We also organise a range of events and support other organisations to highlight the importance of the molecular biosciences and ensure their continued promotion.
We are also active in more general science policy issues and work closely with other learned societies. Recent activities, in conjunction with the Society of Biology, include:
• Reacting to, and providing guidance on, the recent policy changes regarding the dissemination and communication of research, including open access.
• Core membership of the Drug Discovery Pathways Group, established to address the changing landscape of the pharmaceutical industry in the UK.
• Working to assess and monitor the importance of scientific research and development and its benefit to the UK economy.
If you have an idea for what else we should be doing, want to work with us, or have any feedback, please contact our Science Policy Officer, Catherine Ball.