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Science Policy


The Biochemical Society champions the molecular biosciences by identifying and acting on key science policy issues.


We aim to ensure that the views of our membership are channelled to the appropriate policy-makers. Our activities are informed by our Policy Committee and our members, particularly those within our Database of Expertise. Read on to find out more about our science policy initiatives.


EU referendum report

The recent referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU has significant implications for the molecular bioscience community, with key considerations ranging from funding to free movement of labour and potential for collaboration. In order to help inform the Biochemical Society’s policy activities in this area, an online survey was carried out in February 2016 to capture the views and experiences on this important issue of researchers working in molecular bioscience. We were delighted with the enthusiastic response to the questionnaire and would like to thank those who took part.


This report provides a summary of the findings from this survey.


A collated list of resources with information relevant to the European and EU context for UK life sciences, collated by the Royal Society of Biology, is available online




Our position statements 

Read our position statements on a wide range of issues relevant to biochemistry, such as antimicrobial resistance, drug discovery and genetically modified products.


Championing bioscience

We support a number of initiatives to promote investment in science and the accurate dissemination of science information in the media.


Supporting industry 

We aim to address issues of relevance to the industrial bioscience community in the UK, including the changing drug discovery landscape via our membership of the Drug Discovery Pathways Group. 

Promoting diversity 

Find out about the steps we are taking to promote diversity in the biosciences. 


Informing government

Politicians, government departments and international organisations play a key role in the science sector. Find out how we engage with government on issues important to our membership, and have your say on our consultation responses.



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 Assistant Gabriele Butkute.

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