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Evidence Week in Parliament

Public Policy|Southampton's (PPS) partnership with Sense About Science (SaS) on Evidence Week

Public Policy|Southampton (PPS) has been partnering with Sense About Science on Evidence Week in Parliament since 2018 to bring together parliamentarians and researchers from the University of Southampton. They aim to champion the use of high quality research to develop policy, enrich parliamentarians’ understanding of key policy issues and develop researchers’ capacity to engage with policymakers.

Evidence Week in Parliament sees researchers from across the UK offering quick-fire policy briefings on hot topics to MPs and Peers. These briefings help them to review the evidence behind policies and ask the important questions, so that better decisions are made and everyone can see what they are based on.

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Evidence Week in Parliament 2023

MyAge, a national, interdisciplinary research network that is tackling the challenges in ageing, is launching a new report A lifelong approach to muscle resilience: implications for policy and practice at Evidence Week 2023. It is inviting MPs to attend a briefing session on the new publication.

A lack of muscle resilience across the life course is contributing to a significant and growing health and social care burden, health disparities, and economic disadvantage. The report is helping to address this crisis with a preventative mindset to improve muscle development and counteract loss at critical stages throughout life. 

MyAge is co-led by the Institute for Life Sciences' Professor Peter JS Smith and brings together scientists from Southampton and beyond to explore muscle resilience across the life course: from cells to society. It is one of 11 UK Ageing Networks funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council.

Find out more about MyAge's attendance at Evidence Week and watch their film here.

Previous Evidence Week events

Evidence Week in Parliament 2020


Nursing interventions - what works?

Researchers from the University of Southampton, University of Surrey, King's College London and University of East Anglia are collaborating to support nursing teams and prevent poor care. 



Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed a prototype personal respirator called ‘PeRSo’, to support doctors and nurses during Covid-19.

Evidence Week in Parliament 2019

In 2019 more than 100 MPs and peers got involved in Evidence Week in the UK Parliament. The University of Southampton was represented by two Evidence Pods featuring 'Drones and Noise' with Dr Rod Self and 'Smart Charging for Electric Vehicles using AI' with Dr Sebastian Stein and Dr Enrico Gerding. Dr Rod Self gave evidence that drones could be flying in urban locations within a few years. He explained the need for research towards effective control, economic benefit and the looming political problem if the ground rules are not speedily set. Dr Sebastian Stein and Dr Enrico Gerding discussed how artificial intelligence can manage vehicle charging in a smart way within existing infrastructure and to turn electric vehicles into smart batteries (vehicle-to-grid).

Evidence Week in Parliament 2018

In 2018 Sense about Science delivered the first ever Evidence Week in the UK Parliament. The event was a joint initiative with the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, the House of Commons Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The topic of discussion was air pollution and Dr Matt Loxham from the University of Southampton was invited to explain the research behind air quality to MPs and Peer and some of the misconceptions that surrounds it.


Dr Matt Loxham in Evidence Week
Evidence Week 2018
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