British Science Festival to host Parliament and science event

06 August 2013

Are you interested in finding out how Parliament examines and influences science policy in the UK?

Parliament's Outreach Service is to hold a free interactive event that will demonstrate how select committees work and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the issues that concern them, as part of the British Science Festival in Newcastle on Thursday 12 September 2013.  

'From Big Ben to Big Bang: how Parliament impacts on science'

'From Big Ben to Big Bang: how Parliament impacts on science' offers members of the public the opportunity to take on the role of select committee members and quiz three eminent North East scientists on what they see as the biggest challenges facing the Government and the UK today.

The event will be chaired by Lord Krebs, Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee and Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

The scientists acting as 'witnesses' for this unique event include:

  • Professor David Burn, Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health and Professor of Movement Disorders Neurology, Clinical Ageing Research Unit at Newcastle University
  • Professor Roy Sandbach, David Golman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University
  • Professor Nicola Pearsall, Professor of Renewable Energy at Northumbria University

Where and when

'Big Ben to Big Bang: how Parliament impacts on science' will take place on Thursday 12 September 2013 from 2-3.30 pm at the Spence Watson Room, Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle, NE1 7RU.

Maps and directions

How to book

You can reserve your ticket online at British Science Festival Booking or call 08456 807 207.

This event is part of the British Science Festival in Newcastle from
7-12 September 2013.

Details of all events taking place in the Festival are available online:

Further information

The Houses of Parliament's Outreach Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

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