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Young scientists and engineers will question MPs and Ministers about the issues that matter to them, online, at Voice of the Future 2021.

This year, Voice of the Future (VOF) is being held online via Zoom. At this event, positions usually held by MPs will be occupied by young people and leading figures dealing with science in Government and Parliament will be ready to answer their questions. Participants will emerge with a better understanding of how the Parliament and the Government functions.

The below timetimes are subject to change.

Morning sessions timetable

09:50   Introductions, housekeeping and welcome
10:00   Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
10:30   Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital
11:00   Session close

Afternoon sessions timetable

14:45   Introductions, housekeeping, and welcome
15:00   Sir Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP, Government Chief Scientific Advisor
15:30   Rt Hon Greg Clark MP and S&T Select Committee MPs            
16:30   Event close

Social media

You can follow @RoyalSocBio and tweet about the event using #VOF2021.

Organisations and representatives

Each contributing organisation will be asked to put forward one representative, likely from their own membership, to ask a question in one session. Each organisation is also allocated a number of spaces to watch the event live on the day. To see the organisations that have been involved in previous events, please visit the VOF webapge.

Attend as an RSB Member

We have a limited number of spaces for Royal Society of Biology members at BioNet, AMRSB and student grades to attend to watch this event live. RSB members can register to attend through the link at the top of the page. In this capacity, you will not be asking a question to the panels, but will be able to watch all the informative and engaging discussions that take place. If you do wish to submit a question for review, please email with the subject ‘VOF2021 Question', including your name, affiliation and whether you would like to ask this question live as part of the event.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.


All aspects of this event are subject to change due to the variability of Parliamentary business. We will aim to keep all attendees informed with any changes as soon as they are made, however these may come at short notice due to the uncertainty of the participating speakers' schedules.