Spring Fringe: Science, Brexit and the Way Forward

After this week’s vote to trigger Article 50, we’ll be hosting a Fringe event at the party’s Spring Conference in York to discuss the major threats to science and research from Brexit and what opportunities remain to prevent damage to the sector.

Science, Brexit and the Way Forward
Saturday 18 March, 7.45–9.00pm
Minster Suite, York Hilton

We’ll be hearing from three expert speakers, with unique insights into the challenges facing the sector and the ways in which campaigners can continue to engage with the process.

Lord Chris Fox

Lord Fox is one of two Liberal Democrat representatives on the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, which published a report on the implications for British science of the referendum outcome late last year. He graduated in Chemistry and originally worked in engineering in the energy sector before specialising in communications where he has served as Director of Group Communications for several leading British engineering firms. He joined the House of Lords in September 2014.

Sue Ferns

Sue Ferns is the Deputy General Secretary of Prospect, the trade union representing over 50,000 scientists, engineers and technical specialists. She was formerly Head of Research and Special Services at the union and has specialised in women in STEM, working on strategies to encourage the recruitment and promotion of women working in the sector, including a mentoring scheme mediated through Prospect. Prospect have published several briefings since the referendum highlighting key issues for the sector and reporting on the experiences of their membership.

Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon

Photo courtesy of Marco Leitão SilvaDr Brooks-Gordon is the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Brexit for East of England. She is also a member of the party’s Federal Policy Committee and ALDE delegation. She is a reader in Psychology and Social Policy at Birkbeck University and Assistant Dean for Equalities at the School of Science and specialises in an evidence-based approach to issues in human rights and social policy, particularly regarding the sex industry and sexual offences. She was an MEP candidate for the European Elections in 2014.