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In addition to producing an extensive conferences programme and educational events, the Biochemical Society also organizes science policy events, often in conjunction with other organizations.


Voice of the Future 2017


Voice of the Future returns again this year, providing you a chance to take part in a Select Committee style session and grill MPs on the science policy issues that matter to you. This is an exciting opportunity to meet prominent scientists and politicians and get an insight into science policy!

Voice of the Future is a special kind of Question Time, organised by the Royal Society of Biology where student and early career representatives from a wide range of science and engineering organisations have the chance to ask questions of the leading figures dealing with science whether in Parliament or Government.

Criteria for the submission of questions

There is no limit set on the numbers of questions that participants might wish to submit. However please bear in mind that the questions submitted should be brief and broadly relevant to the people of whom they are being asked, for example:

  • A Minister
  • A Shadow Minister
  • MPs on the Science & Technology Select Committee
  • A Chief Scientific Adviser (ie a Government official)

In addition please remember that this is not an occasion for Questions of a detailed scientific nature. This isn’t a scientific conference – this is a discussion about science and policy.

These are a few sample questions from previous years:

  • Do you think that the opportunities for young people to pursue a career in science are equal across the whole of the UK? If not, how do you think this could be rectified? 
  • What role should the government play in promoting diversity of women in the most senior roles in science?   
  • How important is scientific advice measured against other forms of evidence in arriving at policy decisions?What role does or can the government play in promoting the engagement of scientific researchers with the general public?

This Royal Society of Biology-organised event will take place on 15 March 2017 at the Houses of Parliament in London. We will offer to cover reasonable travel expenses for successful candidates.

If you are interested, you can apply for one of six slots by emailing our Science Policy Officer Gabriele Butkute at with the following:

  • Name
  • Date of birth (applicants have to be 18-35 old)
  • Occupation and organisation/university
  • Membership number
  • Why you would like to represent the Biochemical Society
  • The question(s) you would like to ask 

Applications must be received by 31st January 2017.

Read about last year’s event on our blog!


Policy Lunchbox

Policy Lunchbox events offer free monthly seminars, which cover various areas of education and science policy topics. The events are organised in partnership by the Biochemical Society, British Ecological Society, Royal Society of Biology, Society for Applied Microbiology, Society for Experimental Biology and Microbiology Society.


Please sign up to the mailing list (hosted by the British Ecological Society) to get invitations to the events straight to your inbox!


Upcoming event

14 February "What makes a good consultation response"Martin Smith, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

2016 events

17 November "Brexit: what is happening inside Government?"  Oliver Ilott, Institute for Government

13 July Anthony McDonnell, AMR Review

10 June Steve Miller, Responsible Research Innovation, UCL

20 May Lenna Cumberbatch, Royal Society

18 April  Ed Potton, House of Commons Library

22 March Ross Hudson, HEFCE

25 February Newton’s Apple: bridging the gap between scientists and lawmakers, Dr Stephen Benn, Parliamentary Affairs Director at the Royal Society of Biology and a Trustee of Newton’s Apple.


In the past we have also had speakers from Government Office for Science, Science is Vital, Science Media Centre, CaSE, Parliament’s Outreach Service, Royal Society, Social Mobility Foundation and other organisations.


Standing up for Science media workshops

The Society sponsors the Sense About Science Voice of Young Science 'Standing up for Science' media workshops for early career researchers.


The full day workshops is free and for early career scientists and researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

During the workshop we combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media. 

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply, send a CV and cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to Joanne Thomas

The Biochemical Society has five priority placements at this workshop for our members. To apply for one of these places, please state that you are a Biochemical Society member and list your membership number in your application.


Find out more about their upcoming workshops on their website.