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


Policy Lunchbox


Policy Lunchbox brings together people working in science policy and education to discuss pertinent issues with experts. Lunch is provided free of charge.

Voice of the Future 2016

1 March 2016, Houses of Parliament, London


Voice of the Future (VotF) is in a very special kind of Question Time, organised by the Royal Society of Biology where the younger representatives of 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. In the past, a Science Minister, a Shadow Minister, MPs on the Science and Technology Committee and the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser have attended the event.


The event provides a chance for students and early career researchers aged 20-35 to take part in a select committee style session and grill MPs on science policy issues. 


How to apply:

To apply for one of six slots simply email science policy assistant Gabriele Butkute at gabriele.butkute@biochemistry.org with the following:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Occupation
  • Are you a member of the Biochemical Society? Yes/No
  • Why you would like to represent the Biochemical Society
  • The question(s) you would like to ask

Applications must be received by 5 February 2016.


  • Think of whether your question is targeted at anyone in particular.
  • Don't forget that questions submitted have to be broadly relevant to the people of whom they are being asked.
  • This isn't a scientific conference - this is a discussion about science and policy, therefore questions of detailed scientific nature might not be appropriate.
  • A few examples of questions asked in the past: "What role should the Government play in promoting diversity in STEM subjects?", "How will you make sure that the UK attracts and keeps young talented researchers to conduct world leading research?"


Information about previous VotF events can be found on the Royal Society of Biology's website.


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.

Past events

Researcher Mobility in Drug Discovery workshop


7 - 8 December 2015, Milton Keynes, UK


This is a 2-day residential workshop for researchers across the life sciences (chemistry, biology, clinical) to share their scientific expertise, expand their knowledge of drug discovery and develop new networks and skills. This flagship event, co-organised by the British Pharmacological Society and the Biochemical Society with additional sponsorship from the Royal Society and AstraZeneca is part of the suite of activities being led by the Drug Discovery Pathways Group - a partnership of Learned Societies (Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology, British Pharmacological Society, Biochemical Society) working together to ensure the current and future generations of drug discovery scientists are appropriately equipped to thrive in the rapidly moving Pharmaceutical R&D sector.



 Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice event

11 December 2015


During the event we will discuss the best  practice for bioscience departments who wish to achieve an Athena SWAN award. The day will include talks from award holders, as well as, two workshops on presenting data.



Two blog posts written by the workshop attendees are available online:

"Five things I learned at the Athena SWAN bioscience event" by Rachel Adams, Cardiff Metropolitan University

"Tackling underrepresentaion of women in science" by Zenobia Lewis, University of Liverpool