UK Parliament for researchers

InnoDC’s project manager attended the UK Parliament for Researchers workshop. It provided a lot of valuable information, which included:

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 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!).  

The useful workshop tips resulted in InnoDC’s Lead Scientist, Prof Jun Liang, contributing to the UK Parliament POSTnote on Developments in Wind Power.

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