InnoDC’s Project Manager, Manon Davies, attended the UK Parliament for Researchers workshop, which provided valuable information, such as:
To interact with politicians and policy-makers – Research which select committee is interested in your area, offer to host a visit to your laboratory or work-place and use plain language.
Written scientific evidence – Look for opportunities to submit scientific evidence, such as to UK Parliament POSTnotes. POST stands for Parliament Office of Science & Technology. Its notes are 4-page reviews written clearly to inform Members of Parliament, the Lords and the public on emerging research areas.
POST fellowships – Consider applying to one of the UK Parliament fellowship schemes and spend a few months working in Parliament.
Researchers bravely presented 1 x minute pitches before Government representatives who gave feedback. The best pitches:
1: Explained the situation now, providing examples (the problems)
2: Summarised their project and how it could solve the problem(s)
3: Said what they wanted the policy-maker to do (eg policy recommendations. Apparently, do not ask for more research!).