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


Sign up to the mailing list (hosted by the British Ecological Society) to get invitations to the events straight to your inbox.


Upcoming events


Previous events (The videos of the events are available on our Facebook page)

10 July 2018 'Degree Apprenticeships - impacts, challenges and future opportunitieswith Ali Orr, Talent and Employability Consultant at the National Centre for Universities and Business. 

26 March 2018 'School Biology - a Future Curriculum' with Michael Reiss, Professor of Science and Education at University College London Institute of Education

12 March 2018 'Enough of Experts? Reflections on academic-policy engagement' with Sarah Chaytor Director of Research Strategy and Policy at UCL
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 2017 "Unlocking teacher development with David Weston, Teacher Development Trust" with David Weston from the Teacher Development Trust
24 May 2017 "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 2017 "Industrial Strategy consultation"  Tom Gelderd, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 
14 February 2017 "What makes a good consultation responseMartin 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. . 

The Biochemical Society has five priority placements at this workshop for our members. To apply for your priority place please state you are a member of the Biochemical Society in your application. 

Find out more about their upcoming workshops on their website.