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This event is jointly hosted by the Royal Society, Institute for Government and Imperial College London.

UK science and scientific advice have played a key role in the response to COVID-19. The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the way government accesses and uses scientific expertise and data, and how this is communicated to the public and open to public debate.

Efforts to improve resilience to future challenges will depend on strategic investment in research and innovation and strengthening the role of science in government. This panel will discuss the lessons learnt from COVID-19 on how the UK can use science effectively going forward.


  • Tom Sasse, IfG Associate Director (Chair)
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
  • Lord Layard FBA
  • Sir Mark Walport FRS FRCP FRCPath FMedSci FRSE
  • Professor Mary Ryan FREng, Interim Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Imperial College London
  • Ayesha Hazarika MBE, Journalist and Former Labour Party Adviser

The event is a fringe meeting of the Labour Party Conference held within the secure zone. For more information on the Conference or to sign up, click here.