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PolicyBristol hosts 3rd 'MP's Reverse Question Time' bringing together academics and policymakers

11 October 2019

As part of a continuing series of events, last week saw PolicyBristol hosting the 3rd ‘MPs Reverse Question Time’, bringing together policymakers and University of Bristol academics at the request of Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West.

Bringing together four diverse speakers with a policy panel Q & A on the theme of responsible innovation, the event explored what it means to have research and innovation that is socially desirable and undertaken in the public interest.  

The speakers' research ranged from such diverse but relevant areas as the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems, the importance of scientific reproducibilityhow stories from ancient history can help us tell persuasive policy stories today, and the importance of co-production to ensuring earthquake engineering research in Nepal produces sustainable results. 

The panel was made up of ThangamDebbonnaire, Labour MP Bristol West, Adwoa Webber, Head of Clinical Effectiveness, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Chris Hale, Head of Welsh Government Office for Science, and Carla Denyer, Green Party Councillor for Clifton Down, Bristol City Council. 

Each speaker generated lively and interesting discussions on how academic research translates into public policy, with an overarching theme being the opportunity to use powerful evidence-based stories to change academia and policy. 


PolicyBristol was delighted to host such a vibrant, informative event, and hope to continue bringing academics, policymakers, and MPs together to learn and effect change for the future. 

For further information about the speakers and panelists at the event: MPs Reverse Question Time Oct 2019 Panel and Speakers biogs (PDF, 228kB)

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L-R: Dr Patricia Gayá, Director, PolicyBristol; Anthea Terry, Interim Head of PolicyBristol & Associate for Engineering & Science; Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology and Programme Lead within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit; Chris Hale, Head of Welsh Government Office for Science; Carla Denyer, Councillor for Clifton Down, Bristol City Council; Anastasios Sextos, Professor of Earthquake Engineering; Adwoa Webber, Head of Clinical Effectiveness, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group; Dr Genevieve Lively, Reader in Classics and a Turing Fellow; Thangam Debbonaire, MP Bristol West; and Daniela Schmidt, Professor of Palaeobiology and Research Director for the Faculty of Sciences.

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