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Career Spotlight: Working in Science Policy January 21, 2013

Posted by qmresearchers in Uncategorized.

Our last Doctoral Transitions event flagged up a very interesting career path – science policy!

Policy roles within the sciences play a huge part in shaping how science is viewed and used in society.

Our speaker, Dr Eva Sharpe, gave us some insight into her role with the Society of Biology, which allows her to bring together the views of learned biologists to influence the government on a range of topics. An important note to consider is the two main strains of Science Policy that you could get involved with:

  • Policy that relates to conducting science, e.g. what research is eligible
    for funding and what is not.
  • Applying science to influence public policy, e.g. research that influences policy on cigarettes or junk food

Eva put together a really useful list of links for those of you who are interested in the work she does, so if you think you could make the transition from academia to policy work have a read through some of her links!



Research Council funded internships as part of PhDs


Press and publications

Social Media

Policy jobs 


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