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19 March 2012

LJMU Astrophysics PhD student Martyn Bristow was invited to quiz MPs in Westminster at the `Voice of the Future Event (2012)' which was held at the Houses of Parliament, on Wednesday 14 March.

This is an event that gives young engineers and scientists the opportunity of a face-to-face question and answer session with the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology about future government policy on science.

Martyn's PhD supervisor from LJMU's Astrophysics Research Institute, Professor Chris Collins said:

"I am very pleased that Martyn has been chosen for this event; PhD students rarely get such a good opportunity to put the politicians on the spot about the future of their chosen research field and at the same time learn about how science policy making works."

The MPs include the Chair, Andrew Miller MP, the Minister of Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, and the Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science, Chi Onwurah MP. The MPs will be quizzed by the young scientists and engineers.

Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology, said:

"Voice of the Future is a unique opportunity for young people to visit Parliament and hear MPs' views on issues that are important to them. We received some insightful questions which displayed people's passion for science and their engagement with political issues. I am very much looking forward to hearing the MPs' responses.

"Voice of the Future also gives young scientists the chance to raise the profile of their important research areas. The Government relies on scientists to guide its policies, and we hope bringing young people into contact with MPs is a valuable opportunity for them to get involved with science policy. Not only will young people gain an insight into politics, but MPs will also gain new understanding of science."

Follow Voice of the Future 2012 on Twitter @Society_Biology and #VOF2012

LJMU will also be following the event www.twitter.com/ljmu  

More information is at www.societyofbiology.org/newsandevents/events/view/354

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