Category Archives: Policy

Policy Lunchbox: The Commons Library – Informing Parliamentary Debate

Having good government and policy-making relies on having well-informed Members of Parliament (MPs). Working on diverse issues, often outside their own expertise, MPs must be able to effectively hold the Government to account, suggest and scrutinise legislation, and represent their … Continue reading

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Voice of the Future 2016

Last month the UK Houses of Parliament hosted the Royal Society of Biology’s Annual Voice of the Future event, in which early career scientists and engineers grilled leading politicians and civil servants about science policy. This year, the Microbiology Society … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Links Day 2015

A few weeks ago, the Society attended Parliamentary Links Day 2015, an event organised by the Society of Biology that brings together researchers, learned societies and parliamentarians. We went along with some of our members, one of whom is Arikana Massiah, … Continue reading

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Fighting Microbes with Money

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious problem. In 2014, the Prime Minister described it as having the potential to cast us back “into the dark ages of medicine”. This month, the Government added AMR to the National Risk Register of … Continue reading

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Voice of the Future 2015

Last week, the Society for General Microbiology sponsored my attendance at the Voice of the Future event, which gave early-career researchers like myself the opportunity to grill MPs from the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee (STC). It was an … Continue reading

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How much might antimicrobial resistance cost? $100 trillion.

Today at the Wellcome Trust’s headquarters in London, economist Jim O’Neill will launch Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a Crisis for the Health and Wealth of Nations, the first paper from the economic review he chairs that will investigate the growing problem … Continue reading

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Research Councils UK highlights initiatives to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Yesterday, Research Councils UK (RCUK) – the partnership of the UK’s seven research councils – set out the initiatives they are taking to tackle the serious issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). RCUK was responding to the House of Commons Science … Continue reading

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The Longitude Prize 2014 needs YOU

The Longitude Prize 2014 was announced a few weeks ago to much media fanfare. After a vote, the British public decided that the prize should focus on the rise of antibiotic resistance. Joshua Ryan-Saha, Assistant Manager of the Longitude Prize, … Continue reading

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Opinion: The Longitude Prize and antibiotic research funding

Cash prizes have long been the drivers of scientific innovation, be it in the development of synthetic blue pigment in 19th century France, or the XPrize’s continuing efforts to award those developing “radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity”. This … Continue reading

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Opinion: Science is ‘just solving puzzles’ – unless we engage with the big issues

In March, SGM supported members Scott Nicholson and Izzy Webb to attend Voice of the Future in Parliament. Here, Scott blogs about how the experience inspired him and gives us his thoughts on why scientists need to engage with policymakers. … Continue reading

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