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Engaging with UK Parliament: focus on climate and environmental research

Tuesday 7 March 2023, 12:00 - 13:00
School of Earth and Environment seminar room 8.119

Research and evidence have a crucial role to play in making and scrutinising policy. As the use of evidence-informed policy making has increased following the pandemic, the demand for high quality and relevant research to inform decisions continues to grow.  

But what is the best way to go about sharing your research with UK Parliament? How can you navigate the various committees and calls for evidence?  

The Priestley Centre and Policy Leeds invite you to hear from an expert panel that will share various experiences of engaging with Parliament. We will be joined by very special guest Dr Tamsin Edwards, Reader in Climate Change at King’s College London and Parliamentary Thematic Research Lead (Climate & Environment), who is currently working to strengthen climate and environment evidence-based policy making.   

The panel will include researchers who are working with the UK Climate Change Committee, have advised the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, and have taken up fellowships with POST.  

About the keynote speaker

Dr Tamsin Edwards is a climate scientist specialising in quantifying the uncertainties of climate model predictions, particularly for the ice sheet and glacier contributions to sea level rise. She was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report published in 2021. Tamsin regularly provides expert advice on climate science to the public, policymakers, media and businesses, and is currently the first Parliamentary Thematic Research Lead for Climate & Environment, advising Parliament on research evidence to better inform scrutiny, legislation and debate. She is an award-winning communicator, including through Twitter (@flimsin), her blog for the Public Library of Science, PLoS (All Models Are Wrong) and articles for the Guardian, as well as co-presenting the BBC Radio 4 series 39 Ways to Save the Planet.


Professor Piers Forster – Director of the Priestley Centre and member of the UK Climate Change Committee

Professor Julia Martin-Ortega – Professor of Ecological Economics and Associate Director of water@leeds

Megan Tresise – Postgraduate Researcher and previous POST fellow


Dr Carrie Bradshaw – Lecturer in Law and POST Academic Fellow