As part of the King’s Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering Division seminar series, three speakers from within Parliament in policy-scrutiny roles will come and present to raise awareness of how the House of Commons and the House of Lords approach issues relating to science and policy making. Professor David Edwards will introduce the speakers who will then discuss issues such as how Peers and MPs use scientific research to inform debate – both in the main Chambers and in committees – and to what degree the scrutiny process is based on scientific evidence. Recent case studies of how science & health research has informed legislation and committee work will also be highlighted. Each speaker will focus on their experience: Lord Trees will discuss the EU scrutiny committees, his experience of law-making in the Lords and what contribution academics make to scrutiny. Dr Chris Tyler will explain how POST works – Parliament’s in-house source of independent and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. Dr Stephen McGinness will describe the role of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and its impact on policy making. This event will form the inaugural Spotlight Talk, a termly event organised by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging that looks to widen perspectives of the staff and students within the Division.

  • Tuesday 17th March 2015
  • 10.15- 12 noon followed by buffet lunch and networking
  • Governors’ Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, London