The next workshop will be held in the summer term of 2020.

Details will be announced in February.



In May we held a very successful workshop at University College London with the support of UCL Public Policy. The event was fully booked with around 100 attendees. 

Photos of the event, the programme and the speaker bios can be found below. 

We have taken the feedback gathered from the event and are incorporating this into our planning for next year's workshop. 



Alessandro Allegra is a founding member of SciPEN. He is a science policy researcher and professional interested in understanding and shaping the interface between science, politics and society in Europe. He is currently doctoral candidate in Science, Technology and Society (STS) at University College London (UCL), and Fulbright-Schuman visiting fellow with the STS Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Laura Boothman is a Senior Policy Manager at Versus Arthritis, where she leads on developing policy to drive positive change in the quality of life of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.  She holds stakeholder relationships with Government and relevant policy sectors, with a focus on health and well-being at work.


Arthur Petersen is Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL. He joined UCL fulltime in September 2014 after more than 13 years’ work as scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy within the Dutch Government.

Tom Sasse is a senior researcher at the Institute for Government. He works on policy making in Whitehall, with a focus on how government uses evidence. He also supports the Institute’s training programme for academics. 


Sarah Giles is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Royal Society working on environment related topics. Sarah also recently led the Royal Society’s Evidence Synthesis for Policy programme which published a set of principles for good evidence synthesis for policy.

Rose Gray is a Policy Manager at Cancer Research UK. She leads the development and communication of Cancer Research UK’s policy positions on access to cancer treatments and the charity sector. 

Martin Smith is UK and EU Policy Manager at the Wellcome Trust, having previously worked as a Specialist for the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. He’s worked on both sides of the fence during his career – both preparing policy submissions and receiving them on behalf of Parliament.

Martin Turner is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the UK BioIndustry Association, a trade body for innovative life science companies. He is responsible for the BIA's policy outputs and public affairs activities and leads on innovation and industrial strategy policy.


Danielle Nash is Clerk for the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology.

Hamid Khan joined Sense about Science as public engagement coordinator in January 2019. He runs the Voice of Young Science programme in the UK, and is the first point of contact for partners, VoYS members and internship applications from PhD students. 


Amelia Townley is currently on the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) at the University of Nottingham undertaking a PhD focussing on cancer cell biology and metabolism. She’s interested in interning at Sense about Science as she dislikes the disconnected nature of research from the general public.