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

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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 Science and the Industrial Strategy. You can see the draft programme below or download a copy, this information may be subject to change.

Draft Timings

09:00              Arrival and registration 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

Chi Onwurah MP          

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy

Dr Patrick Vallance     

Government Chief Scientific Advisor

Session A: The Mission

Chaired by Pallab Ghosh, BBC

Jonathan Flint, President Elect, Institute of Physics
John McGagh, Immediate Past President, Institution of Chemical Engineers
Carol Monaghan MP, House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee
Professor Dame Carol Robinson, President Elect, Royal Society of Chemistry
Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society

Keynote addresses

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP    

Chair, House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee

Rebecca Endean 

Director of Strategy, UK Research and Innovation

Session B: The Target

Chaired by Pallab Ghosh, BBC

Professor Peter Bruce, The Royal Society
Dr Louise Leong, Royal Society of Biology
Dr Sarah Main, Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
Dr Hayattun Sillem, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering

Keynote address

Rt Hon Claire Perry MP      

Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Closing remarks

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

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


If you have received an invitation to the House of Commons (from 09:00-12:30) and/or the House of Lords (from 12:45-14:30) please confirm your attendance using the 'Log in or register to make a booking' link. If you are not a RSB member you need to register your name and email address on the website.

Please note: if the link is not visible, the event is fully booked.


This event is invitation only. If you have any queries contact Ellie Oakley, events officer, or Stephen Benn, director of parliamentary affairs, at or on 020 7685 2576.

Further information

Parliamentary Links Day is supported a wide range of scientific societies and organisations represented on the invitations cards. A detailed programme and a briefing pack containing further information about the event and the speakers will be available on the day.

Photography and Filming

During Links Day we will have photography and filming taking place, with a selection being uploaded to the RSB Flickr account and used in our ITN Productions documentary. If you would prefer not to be in photos or video please let us know in advance or during registration.

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