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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- 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!