Three members of the YSS Committee – David, Simon and Elizabeth – attended the Parliamentary Links Day on Tuesday 25th June on Science and Diversity. The day was hosted by Dr Julian Huppert MP, Andrew Miller MP and Stephen Metcalfe MP representing the three main political parties, highlighting the across-the-board understanding of the importance of Science.
Representatives from the many learned societies were present and formed panels that gave their views and took questions on aspects of diversity within Science. Shabana Mahmood MP spoke as the Shadow Minister for the Universities and Science, highlighting the poor retention rates of both women and BME groups in Science.
The session was concluded by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, the Minister for Universities and Science giving his view of the importance of focusing on diversity within science, highlighted by the poor current statistics he quoted.
Elizabeth then attended lunch at the House of Lords with Hetan Shah and John Pullinger where many representatives from learned Societies praised the work of the YSS.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Boggis