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Young scientists and engineers quiz key political figures at the Houses of Parliament about the science policy issues that matter to them.

 

Dr Stephen Benn, the Society's director of parliamentary affairs, describes the importance of Voice of the Future:
"This is a unique event – in no other part of Parliament is the normal select committee format completely reversed so that MPs have to answer questions rather than ask them. It is important that policy makers use reliable evidence in their decisions, and today's young scientists and engineers will be vital for this in the future."

Voice of the Future 2016

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The 2016 edition of Voice of the Future was held in Parliament on Tuesday 1st March.

Programme

Welcome by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Panel 1: Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Panel 2: Members of Parliament on the Science & Technology Select Committee
Video message from Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station
Panel 3: Jo Johnson MP, (Minister of State for Universities and Science)
Panel 4: Yvonne Fovargue MP (Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

Watch a recording of the event on Parliament TV, see Tim Peake's message to Parliament or read the news story.
See a social media summary on our Storify.
Royal Society of Biology blog.
Royal Society blog.
RSE Young Academy of Scotland news.
Biochemical Society blog.
Royal Astronomical Society news.

If you have any questions about this event contact Tom Livermore.


Voice of the Future 2015

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Voice of the Future 2015 was held in the Boothroyd Room, a room which has heard prime ministers as well as eminent scientists and experts give evidence. This time the committee seats will be occupied by young people and the MPs will be sitting in the witness seats. It is hoped young scientists and engineers will find it an interesting and educative experience and will emerge with a better understanding of how the Parliament and the Government functions.

Programme

Welcome by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Panel 1: Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Panel 2: Members of Parliament on the Science & Technology Select Committee
Panel 3: Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
Panel 4: Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities)

Watch the event in full on BBC iPlayer or the Science & Technology Committee.
See a social media summary on our Storify.
Read a report of the event.

The Royal Society Blog
Biochemical Society Blog
Microbiology Society Blog
London Mathematical Society news
Institute of Physics news
City University London news
Cranfield University news

Feedback "It was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about science policy and how scientists can get involved with politics. It has also made me want to investigate the career paths available for scientists in politics or related disciplines for when I finish my PhD."


Voice of the Future 2014

DSC06549editYoung scientists quizzed key political figures at VOF 2014 on 19th March in the House of Commons. This event was organised by the Society of Biology and took place during the National Science & Engineering Week.
The event was held in the Boothroyd Room, which has heard Prime Ministers as well as eminent scientists and experts give evidence. However, this time the MPs' committee seats were occupied by young scientists and the MPs sat in the witness seats ready to be grilled.
Panel 1: Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Panel 2: Members of Parliament on the Science & Technology Select Committee
Panel 3: Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
Panel 4: Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
Watch a video of the full session on the UK Parliament website or read more about the event in our news story and storify.


Voice of the Future 2013

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A unique opportunity for young scientists and engineers, including A level students, to question Members of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science & Technology. Read our storify and watch the event on the Parliament website.
Panel 1: Sir John Beddington CMG FRS, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Panel 2: Members of Parliament on the Select Committee
Panel 3: Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of BIS
Panel 4: Shabana Mahmood MP, Shadow Minister for Universities and Science


Voice of the Future 2012

The Society of Biology organised, on behalf of the science and engineering community, this unique opportunity for young scientists and engineers, to participate in a Science Question Time with Members of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science & Technology. Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Andrew Miller MP and members of the Science and Technology Select Committee were quizzed by young people in the first event of its kind.
Early day motion 2851; Voice of the Future 2012. Watch the event in full on the Parliament website.

 

Updated 29.03.2016