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Tagged With: policy

Policy Lunchbox: unlocking teaching development

At the last Policy Lunchbox we welcomed David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, to explore professional development in teaching and how we can better support teachers. Professional development is key for teachers to carry out their role. Good quality and continuous professional development can help support and develop great teachers and current … Continue reading »

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General Election 2017: a summary on some of the party positions on science

Justina Briliute, BBSRC PhD student at Newcastle University and a policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology Throughout the years, political parties have shown commitment to the idea that research and development (R&D) is one of the driving forces of societal productivity, wealth and wellbeing. One of the best places to look for any … Continue reading »

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Diversity in Science: creating an inclusive environment

By Gabriele Butkute AMRSB, science policy officer at the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society The Royal Society’s Annual Diversity Conference, ‘Diversity Matters – the road to inclusivity’ provided an uplifting environment to learn about initiatives in a range of workplaces. Meeting representatives from across the science sector, including from education and government, … Continue reading »

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Science and policymaking: reflections from a global meeting

By Alessandro Allegra, doctoral candidate in science and technology studies, UCL Over the last two days of September 600 scientists, policymakers, and knowledge brokers from all over the world gathered in Brussels to discuss how to improve dialogue between science and policymaking. The global conference, organised by the European Commission and the International Network for Government … Continue reading »

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What next for science after the referendum?

By Micha Hanzel, science policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology and PhD student at King’s College London Currently, the scientific community in the UK and Europe is faced with a challenge few scientists wanted. The majority of UK voters have decided to leave the European Union, a choice not shared by up to … Continue reading »

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Watch: Links Day 2016 – Science After the Referendum

Parliamentary Links Day is an annual event organised in Parliament by the Royal Society of Biology on behalf of the science community, which aims to strengthen dialogue between scientists and politicians. This year it took place on 28th June, just days after the UK voted to leave the EU, and thus explored: Science after the … Continue reading »

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Young scientists question MPs and Ministers

By Harriet Gliddon, PhD student at Imperial College London The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and the Royal Society of Biology recently hosted the fifth Voice of the Future event. This is a unique event, where the normal select committee format is reversed, and MPs and civil servants answer the questions of early … Continue reading »

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Newton’s Apple: bridging the gap between scientists and lawmakers

By Michael Wood, policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society It appears that there is a considerable level of disconnect between those who work in science and those who work in politics, and that until very recently this lack of engagement had not been tackled. For this reason, a group … Continue reading »

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Public benefit from publicly funded research is at risk

Opinion piece by Dr Laura Bellingan FRSB, director of science policy at the Royal Society of Biology Some years ago in a small survey I asked researchers whether they considered themselves public servants – about 75% of those in receipt of public (research council or academy) funding did, although their appointments were at universities and … Continue reading »

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Society welcomes transparent data as first step in widening university participation

By Dan Rowson AMRSB, education policy officer at the Royal Society of Biology The Government has announced that universities will be required to publish statistical data on applications, admissions and retention by gender, class and ethnic background. The Royal Society of Biology welcomes this development after expressing the need for full transparency of university data … Continue reading »

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