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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Newton’s Apple – an introduction to science policy

15th June 2013, 13:30 to 17:00, Ustinov Room at Van Mildert College

A workshop is being held for all Durham University academic, teaching and research staff on how scientists and their research can influence government science policy.

Bookings can be made at The workshop panel will include the present and former Chairs of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee (Andrew Miller MP and Dr Ian Gibson).

Seminar structure:

An introduction to science policy

Presentation by Dr Monica Darnbrough , (Formerly Director of Biotechnology, Department of Trade and Industry, and a former civil servant in the Cabinet Office)

The guest panelists will provide information from their own unique perspective on ways in which scientists can communicate more effectively with policy makers.

Science in Parliament - Mr Andrew Miller MP, (Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee).

Science in Government - Dr Elizabeth Sturkivic, (Deputy Director, Science in Government, Government Office for Science)

Role of the Scientific Societies in Policy formation - Dr Stephen Benn, (Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Society of Biology)

Can scientists influence policy? - Two Case Studies

- “The 2008 Fertilisation and Embryology Act” Dr Ian Gibson, (Formerly MP for Norwich and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee.)

- “The EU Physical Agents Directive and its potential impact on use of MRI” - Dr Michael Elves, (Chairman, Newton’s Apple, formerly Director of Scientific and Educational Affairs, Glaxo Wellcome and Special Adviser to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee )


Participants will have the opportunity to pose their questions to the panelists on science policy issues and how the science-into-policy process can be improved.

Participants will be provided with Newton’s Apple booklets – “Science Policy Explained and Explored”, “How Policy is Made – A Short Guide” and “ An Introduction to Policy Making the the European Union” – and also “A Directory of Useful Science Policy Websites”.

Contact for more information about this event.