Wednesday 20 March 2013
09:00 - 12:00
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, London
The Biochemical Society gave six young members the opportunity to attend 'Voice of the Future 2013' - a chance for scientists aged 16-35 to put their questions to an assembled panel of MPs at the House of Commons. The event, organised by the Society of Biology, took place at Portcullis House on Wednesday 20 March.
MPs attending the event included members of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science & Technology; as well as the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP (Conservative, pictured above at the 2012 event); the Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Science, Shabana Mahmood MP (Labour); as well as the outgoing Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir John Beddington. The event was introduced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP.
On the day, representatives of a number of learned and professional societies and other interested parties sat in the seats usually reserved for members of the Select Committee, and questioned the MPs who appeared before them at the witness table. This equated to a complete role reversal for the Select Committee from a usual evidence session.
The hashtag #VOF2013 was used at the event. The event formed part of the National Science and Engineering Week programme.
Links to reports of the event will be published here as they are published. The event was broadcast live by BBC Democracy Live and you can watch it again here.
Here are some links containing details of the 2012 event:
Article in The Biochemist
Storify of tweets