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The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 2LW

An annual event organised to strengthen the dialogue between the scientific community, MPs and Peers

Parliamentary Links Day is the largest science event on the annual Parliamentary events calendar. It is organised by the Royal Society of Biology on behalf of the science and engineering community to strengthen dialogue with Parliament, and to provide MPs with a more rounded understanding of the scientific issues we face.

This year's theme is UK Science and Global Opportunities. Further details about the programme will be available soon.


09:00              Arrival with tea, coffee and biscuits in the Attlee Suite Annex
10:00 - 12:30   Links Day Programme         

Welcome & Introduction

Rt Hon John Bercow MP       

Speaker of the House of Commons

Keynote addresses

Sir John Kingman           

Chair Designate of UKRI

Jo Johnson MP                

Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Session A: Science and Europe

Chaired by Pallab Ghosh, BBC

Professor Roberto di Lauro, Embassy of Italy
Dr Sarah Main, Campaign for Science and Engineering
Dr Lorenzo Melchor, Embassy of Spain
Chris Hale, Universities UK
Chi Onwurah MP, House of Commons

Session B: Science and the World

Chaired by Pallab Ghosh, BBC

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, British Journal of Pharmacology
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Royal Society of Edinburgh
Malcolm Brinded, Royal Academy of Engineering
Professor Sir John Holman, Royal Society of Chemistry   
Carol Monaghan MP, House of Commons

Closing remarks

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Immediate Past Chair, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

12:30 - 13:30   Buffet lunch in the Attlee Suite Annex

12:45 - 14:30   House of Lords Luncheon (invitation only)

Lords Luncheon Keynote Address

Professor Alex Halliday, Royal Society


This event is invitation only. If you have received an invitation please RSVP to Karen Patel and Stephen Benn at or on 020 7685 2569.