Party conferences

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In partnership with our member organisations, the Science Council hosts Fringe Events during the annual Party Conference season. Our events focus on a wide range of public policy issues around education, skills, economic growth and jobs.

For more information on how to be involved in the Science Council’s party conference activities contact Oli O’Hanlon.

2015

Conservative Party: Tuesday 6th October, Manchester Art Gallery
'Winning the global race: how the UK can be the best place to do science'

  • Nigel Hurst, Managing Director, Haden Freeman
  • Nicola Blackwood MP, Chair, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
  • Clare Viney, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Dr Curtis Dobson, University of Manchester
  • Professor Carolyn Roberts, Knowledge Transfer Network

Liberal Democrats: Monday 28th September, Arlington Hotel Bournemouth
'Will the UK be part of the European science community in 2020?'

  • Rebecca Taylor, former MEP, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Dr Mindy Dulai, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Ed Long, Chair, Association for Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists
  • Dr Mike Galsworthy, Programme Director, Scientists for EU
2014

Labour party: Monday 22nd September, Manchester Art Gallery
'Creating jobs and wealth from investment in science and innovation: ensuring everyone benefits'

  • Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Universities, Science and Skills Minister
  • Bristow Muldoon, Royal Society of Chemistr
  • Dr Martin Yuille, Scientists for Labour
  • Professor Adisa Azapagic, University of Manchester
  • Dr Curtis Dobson, University of Manchester

Conservative party, Monday 29th September, Library of Birmingham
'Creating jobs and wealth from investment in science and innovation: ensuring everyone benefits'

  • George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences
  • Dr Matthew Brown, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Dr Paul Fennell, Imperial College London
  • Professor Tim Dafforn, University of Birmingham

Liberal Democrats: Tuesday 8th October, SECC Glasgow
'Creating jobs and wealth from investment in science and innovation: ensuring everyone benefits'

  • Gordon Birtwistle MP, Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships
  • Professor Polly Arnold, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor John Coggins, Royal Society of Edinburgh
2013

Liberal Democrat Party Conference: Monday 16th September, Crowne Plaza, Glasgow
Guest speaker: Dr Jenny Woods, Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists

Labour Party Conference: Tuesday 24th September, Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton
Guest speaker: Lord Stephenson of Balmacara, Shadow Spokesperson (BIS)

Conservative Party Conference: Monday 30th September, Manchester Central, Manchester
Guest speaker: George Freeman MP, Government Adviser for Life Sciences

2012

Liberal Democrat Party Conference: Tuesday 25th September, Hilton Metropole, Brighton
'The Appliance of Science: growth, jobs and policy'

  • Julian Huppert MP
  • Elizabeth Sparrow, past President BCS, Chartered Institute for IT
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Society of Biology
  • Steve Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer, Cella Energy

Labour Party Conference: Tuesday 2nd October, Midland Hotel, Manchester
'The Appliance of Science: growth, jobs and improved public services'

  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Digital Infrastructure
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Society of Biology
  • Steve Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer, Cella Energy
  • Professor Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Exeter

Conservative Party Conference: Tuesday 9th October, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham
'The Appliance of Science: growth, jobs and policy'

  • George Freeman MP, Government Adviser on Life Sciences
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Society of Biology
  • Stephen Voller, Chief Executive, Cella Energy
  • Professor Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Exeter
2011

Liberal Democrat Party Conference Tuesday 20th September in Birmingham
UK Science Skills: priorities for the 21st Century

  • Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Society of Biology
  • Professor Carolyn Roberts, Institution of Environmental Sciences
  • Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry

Labour Party Conference Tuesday 27th September 
Skills for the 21st Century: emerging technologies, multi-disciplinarity, and regional growth

  • Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Society of Biology
  • Professor Lesley Yellowlees, President-elect, Royal Society of Chemistry

Conservative Party Conference Tuesday 4th October
Skills for the 21st Century: emerging technologies, multi-disciplinarity, and regional growth

  • John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, Society of Biology
  • Dr Ray Elliott, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Jon Poole, Chief Executive, Institute of Food Science & Technology
  • Dr James Wilsdon, Director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society