Who we work with
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:
- Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
- Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR)
- Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
- Policy Lunchbox
- Public Health England External Advisory Group (EAG) for Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV
- Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – Devolved Parliament and Assembly activities
- Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM)
- Royal Society of Biology
- UK Standards for Microbiological Investigations
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.
- Northern Ireland Assembly: The Society supports the annual Science and Stormont event and is represented at meetings of the Northern Ireland Learned Societies and Professional Bodies Forum, and All Party Group on STEM by member Dr John McGrath (Queen's University Belfast).
- Scottish Parliament: The Society supports the annual Science and the Parliament event and is represented at meetings of the Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology by Policy Committee members Scott Nicholson and Dr Maria McPhillips.
- Welsh Assembly: The Society supports the annual Science and Assembly event and is represented at meetings of the Cross Party Group on STEM by member Dr Geertje van Keulen (Swansea University).
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:
- Animal Science Group (ASG)
An RSB Special Interest Group that represents UK organisations involved in supporting, formulating policy, or that are directly involved in research involving animals. The Society is represented by member Professor Peter Andrews (University of Leicester).
- Member Organisation Education Policy Advisory Group
The Society informs the education policy work of the RSB, from primary through to higher education, through this group. Meetings are attended by our Head of Public Affairs.
- Parliamentary activities and events
The Society supports and participates in UK parliamentary activities and events organised by the RSB, including Voice of the Future and Parliamentary Links Day, which bring the scientific community and parliamentarians together and raise the profile of science in parliament.
- Returners to Bioscience Group
The RSB Returners to Bioscience Group includes representatives from funders, employers, learned societies, and seeks to provide resources and mechanisms to support scientists before, during and after a career break. Our Policy Officer attends meetings of the group.
- Science Policy Advisers Network (SPAN)
SPAN is a RSB initiative promoting the exchange of ideas between policy advisors from learned societies and professional bodies. The network holds regular meetings to discuss current policy issues of the day and to share ideas. The Society is an active member of the network.
- UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF)
An RSB Special Interest Group that brings together the plant science community in the UK to create a coordinated approach to research, industry, funding, education and outreach. Dr Dawn Arnold (University of the West of England) represents the Society on the UKPSF Committee and Advisory Group.
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.