Engaging with Parliament and responding to inquiries: a BES/ZSL workshop for ecologists interested in the science/policy interface

This one day event, aimed principally at established scientists (post-doctoral and above), will review key knowledge and processes involved in engaging with Parliament and responding to Select Committee inquiries relevant to ecology, conservation and environmental management. The day will be structured around a series of talks and tasks, designed to promote active learning experiences and maximise individual networking opportunities for all. Topics to be discussed include the structure and function of Parliament, introduction to Select Committees, the nature and purpose of parliamentary inquiries, as well as practical tips for producing written and oral submissions.

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Facilitators and speakers include

  • Ben Connor, Policy Manager, British Ecological Society
  • Camilla Morrison-Bell, Senior Policy Officer, British Ecological Society
  • Dr Jonathan Wentworth, Environment and Energy Advisor, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Martin Smith, Committee Specialist, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
  • Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, BES Conservation SIG Chair and ZSL

Topics include

  • Parliament and Government: what's the difference?
  • What are Select Committees and how do they work?
  • What is the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)?
  • Who can respond to inquiries, and how do they go about it?
  • What makes good written and oral submissions to inquiries?

Attending this event

  • Bookings should be made via the above link.  Tickets cost £30 full price; £20 for ZSL Members/Fellows, BES Members and students.

  • Venue: Bartlett Room, Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274


  • Contact Jennifer Howes, Scientific Events Coordinator jennifer.howes@zsl.org; 0207 449 6227

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