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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


Registration is now open

Registration will close on Monday 13 February 2023 at 3.00pm.

This course is open to Royal Society University Research Fellows, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, Industry Fellows, Sir Henry Dale Fellows, Leverhulme Senior Trust Research Fellows, Wolfson Fellows, Newton International Fellows, Daphne Jackson Fellows and Irish University Research Fellows.

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

Register here

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.

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. Academic staff for the Science Policy Primer have included: Professor Jonathan Grant (Director of Different Angles Ltd, and previously Professor of Public Policy, King’s College London); Dr Alexandra Pollitt (Director of Research at the Policy Institute, King’s College London); Professor Andrew Blick (Professor of Politics and Contemporary History and Head of the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London); and Tom Sasse (Associate Director, Institute for Government).

When will the course take place?

The next course will take place in person from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 March 2023, at the De Vere Horsley Estate in Surrey. Please note that this is an in-person, residential course, and remote attendance will not be possible. All meals and accommodation are included. To register, please follow the link above.

For more information or for any queries, contact Georgia Park via the Science Policy Centre

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