We collaborate with a range of organisations and groups to effectively promote and inform the use of science in policy. Current interactions and partnerships include:
The Society supports the work of CaSE, the leading independent advocate for science and engineering in the UK.
The Society is a member of LeSPAR, a partnership of seven learned societies representing 75,000 scientists, which proactively engages in activities to tackle the global health security threat of antimicrobial resistance.
The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee aims to be a "primary focus for scientific and technological issues providing a long-term liaison between Parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world". The Society supports the Committee and members regularly attend meetings.
The Society co-organises this series of free lunchtime discussion seminars on science and education policy with the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society, the Royal Society of Biology, Society of Experimental Biology. View our policy events page for details about future events.
The EAG provides independent advice, expertise and challenge on PHE’s strategic direction, approach and products within the topic area of Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV. The Society is represented on the EAG by Emeritus Professor Catherine Ison, who previously worked at Public Health England and Imperial College London. Professor Ison was also a member of the Expert Panel for the Society’s policy report on sexually transmitted infections.
The Royal Society of Chemistry helps promote links between the scientific community and elected representatives in the devolved parliaments and assemblies through organising annual events, and providing the secretariats (jointly with the Royal Society of Edinburgh in Scotland) to All-Party/Cross-Party science and technology groups.
The Society holds regular meetings with SfAM to coordinate policy responses and activities relevant to microbiology. Recent collaborative activities have included a series of workshops with members from both societies to help inform the societies' future policy activities, and joint response to a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) consultation to identify vulnerable skills in science.
The Society is a member organisation of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). The RSB's mission is "to create a single unified voice for UK biology, representing the discipline and its practitioners". Society Members including Professor David J. Blackbourn, Professor Nigel Brown, Dr Pat Goodwin and Dr Kim Hardie sit on the RSB's Council. The Society works closely with the RSB on selected consultation responses and a range of other policy activities:
The Society is represented on the Standards for Microbiology Investigations Steering Committee by Professor Jodi A. Lindsay (St George’s, University of London). The Steering Committee, which is administered by Public Health England, oversees the development of Standards for Microbiological Investigations (SMIs) - recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology - and thus plays a vital role in assuring effective and accurate diagnosis of infectious disease. SMIs undergo a comprehensive consultation process involving staff in microbiology laboratories. Details of current SMIs under consultation can be found on the GOV.UK website. If you are interested in UKSMIs, including contributing to subcommittees and expert consultations, please contact our Policy Officer.
If you have any queries about this information, or are interested in collaborating with the Society on science policy issues, please contact our Policy Officer.