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A series of three sessions exploring the challenges and rewards of engaging with the policymaking community, and some of the different ways in which MPLS researchers have engaged, complemented with a facilitated discussion of how ILP participants may plan, manage and learn from their own engagement. 

Contact Anne Miller, Enterprise Programme Manager, for more information 

To book a place on MPLS OPEN Masterclass series, click here

Learning objectives

  • Enhanced understanding of the value of academic research and expertise for different parts of the policymaking community
  • Enhanced understanding of the different modes in which researchers engage with the policymaking community, and the challenges and rewards of each
  • Enhanced ability to identify appropriate opportunities. to plan for effective engagement, and learn from it

Delivery mode

Three linked online sessions of 60-90 minutes 15th, 22nd and 29th March

Session 1:  

‘From lab bench to front bench: engaging parliament’: 15th March 2021 13.00-14.30

Session 2:  ‘Get smart: informing national energy policy’: 22nd MARCH 2021 13.00-14.30

  • Case study | In December 2019 Dr Sivapriya Bhagavathy won an Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Fellowship to work with the Smart Energy Innovation team in the Science and Innovation for Climate Change (SICE) Directorate of the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ensure policymakers invest in smart technologies that maximise the security, flexibility, and sustainability of energy systems.

Session 3:  ‘Advising senior policymakers’: 29th MARCH 2021 13.00-14.30

  • Case study | Professor Sir Charles Godfray is chair of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and has previously chaired the lead expert group of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Food and Farming, and a review of England’s bovine TB control strategy. In 2017 he was knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.

To book a place on MPLS OPEN Masterclass series, click here