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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.

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


Engaging and great opportunity to hear first-hand accounts


Register for this course

This course is open only to Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, Industry Fellows, Sir Henry Dale Fellows, University Research Fellows and Wolfson Fellows. It is held at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire.

Registration for the next course iteration is now closed. The next course dates will be communicated shortly.

To request further information please contact the Science Policy Centre.


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.

This 2 day course, through workshops and interactive modules, covers 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).

There will be opportunities to network with the course’s academic panel, invited speakers and Royal Society Policy Associates during the course.

When will the course take place?

The course will start with a drinks reception and opening session at Chicheley Hall on the evening of Wednesday 19 February 2020.

All course attendees will be accommodated at Chicheley Hall for the duration of the course, finishing at 4pm on Friday 21 February 2020.

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