Professional Development Policy Workshop for Chemical Scientists

8 November 2013, 11am



8 November 2013, 11:00 - 17:15

In partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Centre for Science and Policy is organising a workshop for early career researchers in the chemical sciences, which will take place at the RSC on 8 November.

Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the purpose of the workshop is to bring together policy makers and researchers in the early stage of their careers to engage in discussion and debate and think longer term about career paths and goals.

Attendance at the workshop is open to PhD students and post docs across UK academic institutions, as well as civil service Science and Engineering Fast Streamers.

Seminar Format

Session 1: Presentations from scientists who have been engaged in the policy process

Scientists discuss the role they play in policy development – how the process works and the challenges they face.

Session 2: Break-out and report-back session

Early career researchers break into groups to address a hypothetical challenge, and feed their conclusions back to a panel of policy makers.

Session 3: Response from policy makers

The panel of policy makers responds to the earlier discussions and feedback from early career researchers, and discuss their roles in government and how science advice is sought. They will also provide advice to early career researchers on how the science community might best engage with policy makers.

Provisional Agenda
  • 10:30 Arrival and Coffee
  • 11:00 Welcome and Introduction: What is policy, and what does this mean for scientists?
  • 11:30 Session 1: Scientists discuss their experiences of advising policy
  • 12:20 Q&A
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 Session 2: Group session
  • 15:00 Session 3: Policy makers offer advice to early-career researchers
  • 15:50 Q&A and discussion
  • 16:15 Wrap up
  • 16:30 Drinks & networking
  • 17:15 Close

Who should attend?

This workshop is open to PhD students and post docs in the chemical sciences e.g. chemistry, biological sciences and chemistry, materials chemistry and environmental chemistry (see here) – as well as the civil service fast stream.

To register for this workshop, please click here.

For more information, please contact Jackie Ouchikh.


This workshop has been sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Colin Church

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

Dr Duncan Harding

Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST)

Dr James Hutchinson

Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet)

Dr Leila Luheshi

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Elizabeth Surkovic

The Royal Society

Dr David Taylor

WCA Environment

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Becky Purvis

The Royal Society

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

  • In news articles

    Early-career chemical scientists take on role of 'scientific advisers'

    Hosted and sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this one-day workshop offered practical advice on how researchers can develop their communication skills and engage with the policy development process.