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Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 2LW

Young scientists and engineers will question MPs and Ministers about the issues that matter to them at Voice of the Future 2019

Voice of the Future (VOF) is held in the Boothroyd Room; a unique room which has heard prime ministers as well as eminent scientists and experts give evidence to MPs. At VOF the tables are turned, the committee seats usually occupied by MPs are occupied by young people and the MPs sit in the witness seats ready to answer their questions. Participants will emerge with a better understanding of how the Parliament and the Government functions.

Who can attend?

A number of organisations take part in VOF and each invite their own members to represent them and ask MPs questions. The RSB is looking for 6 members to take part in VOF and representative the Society. Successful applicants may get the opportunity to ask a question on behalf of the RSB on the day.

Please note:
If you are selected to represent your organisation, you may not get to ask the exact question you submitted due to time restrictions and potential repetitions.

What to ask?

This isn't a scientific conference, but a discussion about science and policy, so questions need to be simple and broadly relevant to the MPs taking part: a Minister; a Shadow Minister; MPs on the Science & Technology Select Committee; a Chief Scientific Adviser (i.e. a Government official). Read news stories, blogs or watch previous VOF events for inspiration or read last year's questions.

How to apply?

This event is for ‘Young Scientists and Engineers'. To be eligible you must be an RSB member in your early 20s-30s. To apply, register using the link at the top of the page and in the 'Booking Requests' box submit up to three questions for the expert witnesses. The best questions are usually the most concise so there is an 80 character limit.

Applications will close on Wednesday 13th February and all applicants will be notified on 18th February.

Social media

You can follow @RoyalSocBio and contribute to the event using #VOF2019. If there is time we will take questions on the day from social media.


If you have any questions about this event contact Danny Filer on 020 7685 2577 or at  

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