Parliament invites public to talk science in Leeds

20 January 2012

Are you interested in science and technology? Do you think Parliament pays enough attention to science issues? Would you like to find out how the work of Parliament matters to you?

'Parliament Talks...Science' is a free public event, bringing together parliamentarians and experts to discuss how Parliament contributes to the debate on science issues and scrutinises Government science policy.

There will be a chance to put questions to a panel of experts and find out more about how to engage with the work of Committees and other bodies within Parliament.

'Parliament Talks...Science' takes place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 15 March, hosted in partnership with the University of Leeds. This event is part of the Leeds Festival of Science and will take place during National Science and Engineering Week.


Speaking at the event will be:

Joining the above speakers in a panel discussion on whether Parliament uses scientific knowledge effectively will be:

  • Dr Tom Crick – senior lecturer in Computer Science at Cardiff Met University and partnered with Jenny Willott MP for Royal Society Pairing Scheme.
  • Dr Simon Gosling – lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Nottingham and partnered with Barry Gardiner MP for the Royal Society Pairing scheme


More details will be available from early February on the 'Parliament Talks...Science' webpage but the programme for the event will include: 

Representatives from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology - Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology - will be present.

There will also be stands from other Parliamentary information services with materials explaining how you can get involved and engage with the work of Parliament.

Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, said:

"Parliament Talks...Science is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about how Parliament engages with science and how they can connect with the House of Commons and House of Lords on scientific issues."

Lord Krebs, Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, said:

"Scientific evidence underpins many of the key policies, from climate change to food security, from energy production to economic growth via high tech industries, from infectious diseases to electronic communications.


"Parliament plays a crucial role in scrutinising policy and legislation, and in raising awareness of important issues.


"Parliament Talks...Science is a chance for people to learn about how both Houses of Parliament bring science to the fore when they debate and scrutinise policies and legislation."

Where and When

'Parliament Talks...Science' will be held in the Conference Auditorium at the University of Leeds on Thursday 15 March from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Map and directions

University of Leeds: How to Find Us [External site]

Please let us know if you have any specific access requirements.

Further information

If you would like to register your interest for this event, please email the Parliamentary Outreach team at or telephone 020 7219 1650.

'Parliament Talks...' is a new series of regular subject-specific events in which a range of expert speakers explain and lead discussion on Parliament’s role in effectively scrutinising public policy and holding the Government to account.

The Houses of Parliament's Outreach Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

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