INVITATION: Professional Development Seminar for Early Career Biologists

**This event has happened, but use this post for inspiration for policy career ideas**
Date: 11 November 2011
Venue: Society of Biology, London
 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 at the Society of Biology in London, will introduce early career researchers to the opportunities and realities of engaging with policy.  Discussions will focus on how policy officials seek science advice, and will highlight examples of some of the issues they face, and the 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.


  • Dr Helen Bodmer, Head of the MRC and Health Research Team at BIS, and a CSaP Policy Fellow
  • Tim Brigstocke, Policy Director, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers
  • Gary Kass, Principal Specialist at Natural England and CSaP Policy Fellow
  • Professor Ajit Lalvani, Chair in Infectious Diseases, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
  • Professor Ottoline Leyser, Associate Director at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Nafees Meah, Head of the Climate and Energy Science Analysis Team in DECC
  • Professor Clive Page, Joint Head of Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Professor of Pharmacology, Kings College London
  • Dr Miles Parker, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at Defra and CSaP Associate Fellow
  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at DfID

Who should attend

This seminar has been designed for researchers and policy makers who wish to engage in discussion and debate and think longer term about career paths and goals.

Updated March 2013