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Join us for Policy Lunchbox with Professor Louise Archer, UCL Institute of Education

In this talk Louise will draw on findings from two current projects - the Aspires2 longitudinal study and the Enterprising Science research and development project. Both projects seek to understand what shapes young people's science aspirations, engagement and participation.

The talk will begin by setting out some of the key factors influencing engagement and participation and outlining how we might conceptualise engagement. Attention is then given to what might be done to broaden and increase engagement and participation, particularly among young people from under-represented communities. The talk will also focus on the outcomes from two years of trialling, in which teachers implemented a 'science capital teaching approach'.

Event format

A free buffet lunch will be served from 12:30 - 13:00, followed by the talk and questions from 13:00 - 14:00.


This event is free, but places must be reserved in advance. Policy Lunchbox events are very popular so the number of spaces for individuals in the same organisations will be limited.

Register to attend on the Eventbrite website. If the event is full, please sign up to the waiting list to be notified when a space becomes available. If you are unable to attend the event, Louise's presentation (not the Q&A) will be live streamed on the Biochemical Society's Facebook page.

Speaker biography

Professor Louise Archer is the Karl Mannheim professor of sociology of education at UCL Institute of Education. Her research focuses on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class.

She is the director of the 10 year Aspires/Aspires2 study, the five year Enterprising Science project and a new four year collaborative project looking at Youth Equity in STEM.

Louise was previously the director of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at King's College London and was the coordinator of the ESRC TISME research programme (Targeted Initiative in Science and Mathematics Education).

Policy Lunchbox organisers

This event is organised by the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society, the Microbiology Society, the Royal Society of Biology and the Society of Experimental Biology.