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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

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

12 March 2018 'Enough of Experts? Reflections on academic-policy engagement' with Sarah Chaytor Director of Research Strategy and Policy at UCL 

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

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 "Unlocking teacher development with David Weston, Teacher Development Trust" with David Weston from the Teacher Development Trust
24 May "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 "Industrial Strategy consultation"  Tom Gelderd, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 

14 February "What makes a good consultation responseMartin Smith, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

More past events.

Voice of the Future 2018


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. 




The Biochemical Society has 6 places for this event, which is open to members aged 18-35. To apply, please email our Science Policy Officer, Emma Sykes, at  with the following information:
 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 

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.

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)

Please note 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 13 March 2018 at the Houses of Parliament in London. We will cover reasonable travel expenses for successful candidates.

Read about last year’s event on our blog! 

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.