Harry Armstrong

Senior Researcher - Policy and Research at Nesta

Senior Researcher, Policy and Research Team, Nesta

Harry is a Senior Researcher with the Policy and Research Team at Nesta. He recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, where his research focused on the function of the gene repression family Polycomb and understanding the importance of the three dimensional organisation of the genome in different cell types. Harry completed a BSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Glasgow before moving to Cambridge.

He is particularly interested in the development from evidence to policy and the role of effective communication when engaging both the public and policy makers with complex scientific ideas. He particularly enjoys communicating science to the public and has been involved in projects at the Royal Society, school visits, open days and science festivals.

Harry is one of the founding members of Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) and has managed their events program since their creation in 2012. Working with CUSPE he developed a programme of workshops within civil service departments connecting early career researchers and early career policy makers to discuss 'live' policy issues and more basic ideas such as uncertainty and what 'evidence' is.