Internal event: Government use of academic research

Policy engagement and Government use of academic research

Thursday 21st June, 1.00-2.30pm,  Agriculture Ag 1L06

You are invited to a policy engagement seminar with invited speaker Dr Catherine Haddon from Institute for Government, a leading think tank working to make government processes more effective, in helping senior politicians and civil servants to think differently and bring about change in terms of policy decision making.

Catherine is keen to pass on lessons from the work they are instigating in connecting researchers and government policy teams, and is looking at the mechanisms and culture in government to help engagement. She would also like to learn more about what our academics are doing at Reading and how we embrace government with our research, along with advising on how to get work into think tanks and getting career experience in the world of political research.

Seminar agenda

  1. Introduction by Dominik Zaum, Academic engagement with policy
  1. Catherine Haddon, Institute for Government- Discussion of policy mechanisms to reaching policy makers, what is currently going on within government and other areas to encourage engagement, experiences of academic engagement with policymakers, policy engagement and impact.
  2. University of Reading examples of policy engagement: Routes to policy, challenges and lessons
    1. Professor Kath Ryan (Social Pharmacy), APPGroup Infant Feeding
    2. Professor David Oderberg (Philosophy), Parliament legislation protecting freedom of conscience in health care
    3. Professor Simon Potts (Centre for Agri-Environmental Research), DEFRA National Pollinator Strategy
    4. Professor Chris Collins (Environmental Science), DEFRA and Devolved Administrations
  3. Closing remarks

Apologies for the short notice of this event, but please do feel to pass this information on to your research groups or students who may benefit from learning about policy engagement experiences.


Places are limited therefore, if you wish to attend, please e-mail Chris Anderson in the Research Deans’ Office on

Internal event: Industrial Strategy Forum

Staff are invited to attend a forum on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) on Whiteknights Campus on Weds 27 June. The ISCF offers significant funding opportunities to academia with relevance to all themes.

Speakers include representatives from BBSRC, ESRC and Innovate UK and staff will have the opportunity to talk and question funders directly.

Demand is expected to be high and places will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis, so please do register your interest by simply emailing as soon as possible.


Industrial Strategy Forum poster

Food and Nutritional Sciences Seminar


Sineaid Collins “Results from the Mixsat study: Investigating the impact of inulin blended with arabinoxylan on markers of appetite regulation in healthy weight men”

Ishawu Iddrisu “Gut microbiota and malnutrition”

Food and Nutritional Sciences Seminar


Ruihan Zhou “Methodological Considerations for the Isolation, Characterisation and Storage of Extracellular Vesicles”

Joanna Boberska “TBC”

Pint of Science: Living with Your Body in Health and Disorder

Living with Your Body in Health and Disorder

Listen to your body when it whispers, and you won’t have to hear it scream. These talks will explore how food and nutrients can help lower blood pressure while integrated pain assessment and spinal services can help cope with pain. Turn up to learn a few tips to help you tune in with your body!

Dr Alister McNeish is covering why “fish oils” are reported to be so good for your cardiovascular health and looking at how they can improve your – and society’s – health, while Dr Deepak Ravindran, consultant in anaesthesia, pain and musculoskeletal medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, is conducting a talk titled: “What if Lady Gaga Needed Surgery in Reading? Improving the Lives of our Fibromyalgia Patients”

To see the full details of the event or to book tickets, click here.

Pint of Science: Clothing Technology

Smart Fashion: The Future of Clothing Technology

Forget needle and thread – these talks will look at how clothes can be designed by drawing inspiration from scientific discoveries. From sportswear to health monitoring, there’s more than one way to get this nerdy look. Come delve into fashion at its most technological!

Founder  and CEO of KYMIRA Sport Tim Brownstone will discuss the biological effects of far infrared light and how it can be applied beyond imaging and communication techniques in sportswear to enhance athlete performance and recovery, while Professor William Harwin will look at wearable technologies, what data they could measure, how it could be used and the ethics of doing so.

To see the full details of the event or to book tickets, click here.

Pint of Science: Food and Health

What the Fork? A Story of Food and Health

Whether you’re hungry or not, these talks will definitely be food for thought. You’ll be given an insight into how food can affect your health, myths will be debunked, and you’ll discover that the phrase “You are what you eat” is more literal than you think…

Dr. Gunter Kuhnle will cover the difficulties of sifting myth from fact when it comes to food fads, and Dr Vimal Karani will take a look at diet, genes and obesity – and the importance of nutrigenetic studies and their role in personalised nutrition.

To see the full details of the event or to book tickets, click here.