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Policy Lunchbox


Policy Lunchbox is a joint initiative between the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society, the Royal Society of BiologySociety of Experimental Biology and Microbiology Society. Throughout the year, a series of lunchtime events are held which bring together guest speakers with those who work in science policy. Guest speakers will cover a range of pertinent issues and attendees are encouraged to both ask questions and share information. Events are free to attend, as is the lunch, but space is limited and places must be reserved in advance.


If you work in science policy and would like to join the Policy Lunchbox mailing list, please email complete the below form. The list is also occasionally used to publicise other science policy events which may be of interest to the professional community.


The Policy Lunchbox programme covers both science policy and related education policy.


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Future events

17 November "Brexit: what is happening inside Government?" by Oliver Ilott, Institute for Government

Past events

13 July 2016 Anthony McDonnell, AMR Review

10 June 2016 Steve Miller, Responsible Research Innovation, UCL

20 May 2016 Lenna Cumberbatch, Royal Society

18 April 2016  Ed Potton, House of Commons Library

22 March 2016 Ross Hudson, HEFCE

25 February 2016 Newton’s Apple: bridging the gap between scientists and lawmakers, Dr Stephen Benn, Parliamentary Affairs Director at the Royal Society of Biology and a Trustee of Newton’s Apple.


5 December 2015 Teaching: first resort or last resort?Chris Waterman, commentator, writer, iconoclast.


5 October 2015 Big data approaches in drug discovery and personalised care, Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani, The Institute of Cancer Research.

8 September 2015 Running Plant Science and Energy Panels, Chris Peters, Scientific Liaison at Sense About Science.

In the past we have also had speakers from Government Office for Science, Science is Vital, Science Media Centre, CaSE, Parliament’s Outreach Service, Royal Society, Social Mobility Foundation and other organisations.