Professional Development Policy Workshop for Nanoscientists

3 June 2013, 11am


The Royal Society of Chemistry

3 June 2013, 11:00 - 17:15

The Centre for Science and Policy, and the Nano Doctoral Training Centre (NanoDTC) at the University of Cambridge are organising a workshop for early career nanoscientists, which will take place in London on 3 June.

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.

Attendees at this workshop will come primarily from nano-themed Doctoral Training Centres at Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester.

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 worked and the challenges they face(d).

Session 2: Break-out and report-back session

Early career researchers break into groups to discuss their ideas for improving knowledge exchange between academia and government, 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.

Confirmed speakers & chairs include:
  • Dr Jessica Bland (Technology futures: research analyst, Nesta)
  • Dr Rob Doubleday (Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy)
  • Professor Richard Jones (Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Sheffield University)
  • Professor Nicole Grobert (Professor of Nanomaterials, Oxford University)
  • Dr Andrew Fisher (Professor of Physics, London Centre for Nanotechnology)
  • Dr Mike Edbury (Head of Health and Environment, Government Office for Science)
  • Dr Rob Reid (Materials Programme Manager, National Physical Laboratory)
  • Dr Kay Williams (Head, International Chemicals and Nanotechnology at Defra)
Provisional Agenda
  • 11:00 Arrival and Coffee
  • 11:20 Welcome and Introductions
  • 11:30 Session 1 (Chair: Rob Doubleday, CSaP): Presentations from academics who are/have been involved in the policy process
  • 12:20 Q&A
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 Session 2: Group session – early career researchers consider how the relationship between science and policy could be improved
  • 14:45 Feedback to panel of policy makers
  • 15:00 Session 3 (Chair: Dr Jessica Bland, Nesta): Response from policy makers
  • 15:50 Q&A and discussion
  • 16:15 Wrap up
  • 16:30 Drinks & networking
  • 17:15 Close

For more information, please contact Jackie Ouchikh.


This workshop has been sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Nano Doctoral Training Centre at Cambridge.


Mike Edbury

Government Office for Science (GO-Science)

Professor Andrew Fisher

London Centre for Nanotechnology

Professor Nicole Grobert

University of Oxford

Professor Richard Jones

University of Manchester

Dr Rob Reid

National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Dr Kay Williams

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Jessica Bland

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Dr Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig

Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge

Jackie Ouchikh

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

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