Professional Development Policy Seminar for biologists

11 November 2011



The Centre for Science and Policy is collaborating with the Society of Biology to run a policy seminar for early career biologists, covering a range of biological disciplines and interest areas. The seminar, which will take place on 11 November, will introduce early career researchers to the opportunities and realities of engaging with policy, and will discuss how policy officials seek science advice, giving examples of some of the issues they face, and ways in which science gets into policy.

Seminar Format

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

Academics discuss the role they play(ed) in policy – how the process works and the challenges they face – to an audience of early career researchers and policy makers.

Session 2: Break-out and report-back session

Early career researchers (with help from the academics) break into groups to discuss their ideas for improving the policy process, and feed their conclusions back to a panel of policy makers.

Session 3: Response from policy makers

The panel discusses how science advice is sought, and advises on how the science community might best engage with policy makers.


  • 10:30 Arrival and Coffee
  • 11:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 11:10 Session 1: Presentations from academics who have been involved in the policy process
  • 12:00 Q&A
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:15 Session 2: Group session – early career researchers consider how the policy process could be improved
  • 14:10 Feedback to panel of policy makers
  • 14: 40 Session 3: Response from policy makers
  • 15:10 Q&A and discussion
  • 15:50 Wrap up
  • 16:00 Drinks & networking
  • 16:45 Close


Please see below for a list of confirmed speakers.

Who should attend

The purpose of the seminar is to bring together researchers and policy makers who wish to engage in discussion and debate and think longer term about career paths and goals.


Dr Helen Bodmer

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Gary Kass

Natural England

Professor Ajit Lalvani

Imperial College London

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Dr Nafees Meah

RCUK India

Professor Clive Page

King's College London (KCL)

Dr Miles Parker

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor Christopher Whitty

Department of Health and Social Care

Dr Laura Bellingan

Royal Society of Biology

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

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    Professional Development Policy Seminar for Biologists

    11 November saw CSaP host its second professional development seminar for early career biologists. The day-long seminar offered insights into the opportunities, and the associated challenges, for university academics to engage in science policy at the level of UK government.