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Increasing the impact of health research through policy engagement

22 May 2014

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research in collaboration with Policy Bristol is partnering with the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service to deliver a training event around the best ways to increase the impact of health research through policy engagement.

Engaging with parliamentarians and policy makers is an important way of raising awareness of health research findings at the highest level of decision-making. The session will bring academics together with staff from the Houses of Parliament, including Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and Select Committees, to discuss how research can influence government policies. The session is geared primarily for researchers in health-related fields, but will have relevance beyond medical sciences.

Confirmed speakers include: 

  1. Liz Price, Regional Outreach Officer: Wales and South West England, Public Information and Outreach Service| Houses of Parliament
  2. Dr Sarah Bunn, Scientific Adviser at Houses of Parliament, Biological Sciences & Health at Houses of Parliament
  3. Stephen Aldhouse, Committee Specialist, Health Select Committee, House of Commons
  4. Prof Marcus Munafo, Professor of Biological Psychology, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol

This one-off practical and interactive session will cover topics such as:

  • Engaging with Parliament and pathways to informing health policy
  • The use of research papers in briefing notes and events that inform members of Parliament
  • What Select Committees are and how they are used in scrutinising the work of Government departments through the use of research and evidence

As a specific example, we will hear how the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG)  from the University of Bristol engaged with the Behavioural Insights Team, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health and POST to inform policy on plain packaging for tobacco products.

DATE: Monday, 30 June 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00. This will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to network and talk to the speakers.

VENUE: University of Bristol, School of Chemistry, Cantocks Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS, Lecture Theatre 2

This event is free to attend but registration is required: http://health-policy-engagement.eventbrite.com

Places are filling fast so hurry up and book now to avoid disappointment!

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