Science Policy Workshop

25 Nov 2019
TheWesley, London NW1 2EZ

Please note: members of the Microbiology Society may register for this workshop on their website

This workshop, held in partnership with the Microbiology Society, will highlight how the science of microbiology can inform and shape public policy and demonstrate how microbiologists can boost their impact through engaging with policymakers and the policymaking process.

Delegates do not need any prior science policy experience. This workshop is open to members of SfAM and the Microbiology Society and applications are particularly encouraged from scientists who are at the early stages of their career (PhD, post-doctoral researchers, new lecturers). Throughout the workshop, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with science policy experts from UK Parliament and Government and will participate in a group practical activity.

After this one-day workshop, you will understand:

  • The differences between parliament and government and how they make use of science
  • The different channels through which evidence informs policymaking
  • The role that SfAM and Microbiology Society play in supporting the voice of microbiology and influencing policy stakeholders
  • How to communicate your research in a tailored way for policy audiences

Provisional Agenda

09.30: Arrival and refreshments

10:00: How does science influence parliament and government, and how can microbiologists have an impact?

11:30: Panel Q&A

12:00: Lunch

13:00: Afternoon Breakout Activity

14:30: Refreshments

15:00: Return to breakout activity

16:30: Drinks and networking

18:00: Close


This page will be updated as invited speakers are confirmed.

Grant Hill-Cawthorne

Head at Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Parliament

Daniel Rathbone

Assistant Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)

Ben Bleasdale 

Policy Adviser at Wellcome Trust 

Liz Killen

Senior Research Officer, UK Government Office for Science 

How to apply

There are 25 places available for members of the Society for Applied Microbiology to attend this workshop.

Full administration fee: £15. Registration closes Sunday 10th November 2019

(Registration fees are non-refundable)

Attendance support

SfAM ECS members attending this Workshop will be eligible to apply for a grant to reimburse travel expenses up to £100. For more information please see the grant webpage.

Please note: To be eligible for this grant you must be an SfAM Early Career Scientist member and have registered to attend the Workshop through the SfAM website. Support for members of the Microbiology Society may be found on their website.




Book your tickets

Book now