AsSIST-UK/Parliamentary S&T Select Committees joint meeting

AsSIST-UK members joined with members of of both the House of Commons and House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committees to discuss how the Association can build lines of communication and policy advice to parliament. The meeting was extremely valuable and plans are underway to take various agreed actions forward. Details of the meeting can be found here AsSIST_UK + ST Select Comm meeting_agenda

Latest ISSTI Newsletter

The latest Newsletter from Edinburgh’s Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation has been published today. AsSIST-UK colleagues report on a range of new research grants they have won including on Food Security, the use of digital systems in the NHS and a new Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society.

Further information can be found at:

ISSTI Newsletter November 2017

New Science Minister appointed

Patrick Vallance, president of research and development at the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, has been appointed as chief scientific adviser, the UK government announced on 8 November.

AsSIST-UK member and science policy expert, James Wilsdon, c hopes that Vallance will act as a bridge between the science community and policymakers, and will be open to a wide range of people and perspectives. The network of chief scientific advisers is not yet operating at full strength, he says, “so re-energising the collegiality and connectivity of that network though Whitehall is a really important thing”.

Further details

S&T Select Committee Report on Science Communication and Engagement released today

The S&T Select Committee has just published its latest report,  concerning science communication and (public) engagement. AsSIST-UK submitted evidence to the report during its deliberations. Continue reading “S&T Select Committee Report on Science Communication and Engagement released today”

Enlarged Innovation Caucus and UK Industrial Strategy

The newly enlarged Innovation Caucus – now with 70 member from across the social sciences, includes a number of AsSIST-UK members. This is an important opportunity for STS to engage with policy. The Caucus is supported by the ESRC and Innovate UK. Continue reading “Enlarged Innovation Caucus and UK Industrial Strategy”