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Science Policy Primer

This interactive two day 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.

Engaging and great opportunity to hear first-hand accounts


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 only to Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, Industry Fellows, Sir Henry Dale Fellows and University Research Fellows funded by the Royal Society. 

Applications are now closed. The dates of the next course iteration will be communicated shortly. For further information please contact the Science Policy Centre.

This course is held at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire.


The Royal Society partners with King’s Policy Institute to provide researchers with an understanding of the structures, institutions, and complexities of science policy. This 2 day course, through workshops and interactive modules, covers topics including:

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

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. Participants will learn how to think strategically about research, frame messages for a policy audience, and identify the right channels to maximise impact.

The course will start with a drinks reception at Chicheley Hall on the evening of Monday 15 October and during the rest of the course there will be opportunities to network with the course’s academic panel, invited speakers and Royal Society Policy Associates.

The course fee is covered for Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, Industry Fellows, Sir Henry Dale Fellows and University Research Fellows funded by the Royal Society. Accommodation and meals are provided at Chicheley Hall for the duration of the course, beginning on the evening of the 15 October.

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