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.
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.
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12 March 2018 'Enough of Experts? Reflections on academic-policy engagement' with Sarah Chaytor Director of Research Strategy and Policy at UCL
Previous events (The videos of the events are available on our Facebook page)
8 February 2018 ''Making the most of the Industrial Strategy'' with Naomi Weir, Deputy Director at the Campaign for Science and Engineering
26 September 2017 "Engaging young people with science: a 'science capital' approach" with Professor Louise Archer from UCL Institute of Education
20 July "Unlocking teacher development with David Weston, Teacher Development Trust" with David Weston from the Teacher Development Trust
24 May "The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing: Why is it relevant and how to comply" with Katie Beckett from the Access and Benefit Sharing team at Regulatory Delivery
24 March "Industrial Strategy consultation" Tom Gelderd, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
14 February "What makes a good consultation response" Martin Smith, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
More past events.
Voice of the Future returns on 13 March 2018, providing the chance for students and early career researchers to take part in a Select Committee style Parliamentary session and to 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 science 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.
Read about last year’s event on our blog!
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.