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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Upcoming events



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

6 December 2018 'How to increase your policy impact as a research scientist'  with Steve Ormerod, Professor of Biosciences at Cardiff University

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 returned 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 mattered to them. 


This event 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!