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Queen’s Fellowship Academy: Annual Event

Fellowship Academy event: Influencing and Engaging with Policy

Queen’s Fellowship Academy, launched in January 2020, provides early career researchers with developmental opportunities to support their growth as future research leaders and influencers.  The Academy hosts an annual event, this year’s theme is Influencing and Engaging with Policy.

Professor Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy, University College London, will deliver a keynote address on Academic Research and Public Policy, with Professor Emma Flynn, Pro-Vice Chancellor Research & Enterprise hosting the event.  Further contributors include Queen’s academics, Professors Laura Lundy and Maria Lohan, presenting on their own personal perspectives and experiences of applying their research to influence policy. The event concludes with a roundtable discussion on the importance of research in influencing policy and policy makers, chaired by Academy Fellow, Dr Clara Fischer.

Join us for this event on Tuesday 15th June 2021, 2.30pm-4pm.  The event is open to all, and will be held via Microsoft Live Events.

Event Overview


Fellowship Academy 2021 Event Programme



Tuesday 15th June 2021, 2.30pm-4pm, via Microsoft Live Events


Professor Emma Flynn, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise

Why is policy important?

James Dillon, Research Impact Manager
Kevin Fearon, Business Alliance Manager

Keynote Address: Academic Research and Public Policy

Professor Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy, UCL

The Covid pandemic has put academic-policy relations under a spotlight. Eminent scientists and researchers appear daily on prime time news programmes, often alongside senior politicians. Meanwhile, public policy in areas such as climate change, economic development, public health, food safety, agriculture and behavioural change already reflect extensive advice from the research community. How does research evidence contribute to policy development? How should academic researchers aim to engage in public policy in practice? What realistic expectations should accompany that engagement? What does success look like?

Graeme Reid will share personal experiences and observations from a career at the interface between research and policy.

Queen’s Academics: Influencing Policy and Policymakers

Professor Laura Lundy, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Professor Maria Lohan, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Roundtable Discussion

Chaired by Dr Clara Fischer with Professor Graeme Reid, Professor Laura Lundy and Professor Maria Lohan.