NEF once again sponsored this year’s Parliamentary Links Day held on Tuesday 25 June at the Houses of Parliament. Links Day brings together many of the UK’s most prestigious and important science and engineering professional bodies and learned societies. Parliamentary Links Day is the largest annual science event held in Parliament with the strategic aim of bettering relations between the world of science and the world of Policy and Government. Over decades it has been addressed by most members of the Cabinet, including the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Foreign Secretary, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the Secretary of State for the Environment, the Secretary of State for Education, the Minister for Universities and Science and many more.
The morning session included wonderfully inspirational speakers on the topic of Science and Diversity, and this was followed by lunch in the House of Lords to which guests from FE colleges were invited to join NEF.
This year David Willets the Science Minister spoke on the importance of diversity in STEM for creativity and innovation. Dame Nancy Rothwell highlighted some key figures, illustrating key diversity issues. Panels, including one extraordinary all-female panel, and one much more usual all-male panel discussing the many views, proposed solutions, but more importantly the impact of the lack of diversity on science and industry.