Martin works at the European Research Council in Brussels, managing funding for the best European projects in the physical sciences. After a career talk and discussion, we launched into a policy-making workshop, role-playing as European Commissioners, Ambassadors and Council members.
Tough negotiations surrounding legislative Articles were made between a diverse range of countries, each with their own agenda, in a series of high-pressure briefing meetings and working groups, before the Ambassadors were sent to the Coreper meeting to debate the laws.
A great afternoon of experiencing something totally different, learning about the European Institutions, and discovering the bureaucratic difficulties of creating laws for 28 countries!
Many thanks to Martin Penny for delivering an engaging workshop and to Sandrine Soubes from Think Ahead who co-hosted the session with Science in Policy.
(More photos of the event can be found here...)
By Angie White, PhD student in Animal and Plant Sciences and SiP committee member