Parliament Talks Science

'Parliament Talks Science' was a free public event bringing together parliamentarians and experts to discuss how Parliament contributes to the debate on science issues and scrutinises government science policy

The event took place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 15 March 2012, hosted in partnership with the University of Leeds and was part of the Leeds Festival of Science and the National Science and Engineering Week.

The event gave guests the chance to put questions to a panel of experts and find out more about how to engage with the work of committees and other bodies within Parliament.

Programme for 'Parliament Talks Science'

The work of the Lords Science and Technology Committee

The work of the Commons Science and Technology Committee

The work of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

How debate in the House can scrutinise Government policy

  • Lord Oxburgh - Board Member of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and eminent geologist and geophysicist (former-member of the Lords Science and Technology Committee)

Panel discussion: does Parliament make effective use of scientific knowledge and expertise?
All the above speakers and: 

  • Dr Tom Crick – senior lecturer in Computer Science at Cardiff Met University and partnered with Jenny Willott MP in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme
  • Dr Simon Gosling – lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Nottingham and partnered with Barry Gardiner MP in the Royal Society Pairing scheme.

Len Tingle, BBC Yorkshire Political Editor, chaired the event.

Where and When

'Parliament Talks Science' took place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 15 March 2012, in the Conference Auditorium at the University of Leeds.

Map and directions

Image: iStockphoto

External links

Panellist's blog

Dr Simon Gosling, lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Nottingham, was one of the speakers at 'Parliament Talks...Science'.

He has written about the event on the University's geography blog:

Related information

Information Pack

An information pack containing details of science based bodies within Parliament, examples of science-based scrutiny and the presentations given by experts at the 'Parliament Talks...Science' event on 15 March 2012 is available in electronic format.

To request a copy please e-mail parliamentaryoutreach@parliament.uk

Topical information

Read some of the current parliamentary research material available on science and technology issues, including select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Latest News

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