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Science Policy Primer

This interactive course helps researchers better understand the rapidly changing policy landscape in the UK, and how scientific research helps to shape, and is shaped by, Government policy.

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A really terrific course. Knowledgeable course leaders and guest speakers and engaging activities and participants. Valuable and enjoyable.


It was useful for me to talk to other participants and place my research in a broader context


Register for this course

This course is open to Royal Society University Research Fellows, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, Industry Fellows, Sir Henry Dale Fellows, Leverhulme Trust Research Fellows, and Wolfson Fellows.

A select number of places are also available to Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellows including Industry Fellows, University Research Fellows, Engineering for Development Research Fellowships, UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Leverhulme Trust Research Fellows, Chairs in Emerging Technologies, Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellows.

The next course will take place 23 to 25 March 2022 at the De Vere Beaumont Hotel near Windsor.

Registration is now open, and will close at 1500 on 4 March 2022.

Please address any queries to Georgia Park via the Science Policy Centre.

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What does the course involve?

The Royal Society partners with King’s Policy Institute to provide researchers with an understanding of science policy-making and help them develop the skills they need to effectively engage with policy.

The course is designed for Research Fellows interested in the role of science in public life, the various ways in which scientific research can have an impact on policy-making, and the skills that may enable them, as researchers, to play a part in these processes.

The next course will take place at the De Vere Beaumont Estate near Windsor from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 March 2022.

We are delighted to confirm that Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defence will be hosting a talk and Q&A session as part of the course.

Each day will include a mix of talks and workshops that will cover topics including:

  • Introduction to UK government, parliament and the civil service
  • Policy-making in the real world
  • From science to policy impact 
  • Communicating with policymakers 

A strong emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills through interactive workshops. Participants will learn how to think strategically about their research, frame messages for a policy audience, and identify the right channels to maximise impact.

Who delivers the course?

The course draws on the experience of policy practitioners and experts in government and academia whose goal is to help participants engage with policy in the future and communicate effectively with the various stakeholders in the domain.

The King’s Policy Institute is a well-established research centre with strong expertise on research evaluation and science policy. Previous academic staff for the Science Policy Primer have included: Professor Jonathan Grant (Professor of Public Policy, King’s College London); Dr Andrew Blick (Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College London); Catherine Haddon (Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Government); Dr Alexandra Pollitt (Research Fellow, King’s Policy Institute). 

When will the course take place?

The course will start on Wednesday 23 March from 16:00 and finish on Friday 25 March at 16:00. The course will take place at the De Vere Beaumont Estate hotel and conference centre near Windsor, and course content will be shared on a virtual platform administered by the King's Policy Institute. Please note that this is an in-person course, and remote attendance will not be possible.

For more information, please contact Georgia Park via the Science Policy Centre.

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