AMRC PAWG – dates for your diaries

Posted on February 9, 2010 by

APPG Medical Research Summer Reception

Due to popular demand at our discussion in the last meeting – the APPG Medical Research will be holding another summer reception this year. We thought it would be a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase lots of amazing research and act as a one-stop introduction to the whole sector for all the new MPs who will have flooded into parliament by then. It will be on Monday 19 July at 4pm to 6pm in the Member’s Dining Room – more details to follow.

A morning workshop to unravel the mysteries of the Scottish Parliament

I’ve talked before about getting some people down from Scotland to visit us and unravel some of the mysteries of the Scottish parliament and executive to us usually more Westminster-focused types. And three members of the new PAWG Scotland are now coming down on Friday 12 March to do just that.

Vicky Crichton – Public Affairs Officer for Scotland, Cancer Research UK

Ben McKendrick – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, BHF

Bristow Muldoon – Head of Policy Advice & Parliamentary Affairs for the Royal Society of Edinburgh and also the Scottish Parliamentary Affairs Officer for the RSC and formerly an MSP.

Topics they’ll cover include:

  • Basics on how the Scottish parliament and government works
    • the day-to-day sittings and business, work of MSPs, how the parliament and executive interact, the chief scientist office etc
  • How does this interact with UK government
    • what areas of policy are devolved and what are reserved
    • the NHS and research in Scotland
    • funding of research in Scotland (Scottish Funding Council) etc
  • How to interact with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Executive
    • lobbying, all-party groups, science-focused events in scotland, inputting into the legislative process etc.

    The workshop will run from 10am to 1pm with lunch afterwards. We’ve linked up with the policy lunchbox group coordinated by the Biochemical Society who will host us in their brand new building – Charles Darwin House – so this will also be a good opportunity to peek at their new building (which will in future have rooms available to hire for events etc. I believe) and meet other sciencey policy and public affairs people working outside of medical research.

    I’m also working with policy lunchbox to run an afternoon event following this focused on unravelling the complicated processes behind research funding – fun-filled I guarantee. I’ll bring you more details as soon as I have them but the plan will be for both events to be open – you can pop into just the morning or afternoon or stay for both (and either way you are welcome for lunch!)

    Pop the date in your diaries and – as space will be limited by room size – let me know if you’d like to come asap, or by Friday 27 February, on b dot purvis at amrc dot org dot uk. Also please feel free to pass on to colleagues who might be interested.

    And look forward to seeing you all soon – the next PAWG meeting is Wednesday 10 March.