Leicester PhD student to discuss science diplomacy at World Science Forum

As part of her RCUK policy fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), Emmeline Ledgerwood (pictured), a postgraduate research student at the School of History, Politics and International Relations,  is representing POST at the World Science Forum in Jordan next week. The international forum gathers together scientists, policymakers, academics and industry experts to discuss the role science plays in meeting global challenges.

At POST Emmeline is researching science diplomacy for a POSTnote that will be published in December. Science diplomacy is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of activities where science and technology are leveraged to affect international relations. The forum is an invaluable opportunity to meet the scientists and policymakers who advocate the potential of science as a diplomatic tool. Emmeline will also be promoting POST's programme of work to fellow delegates.

Emmeline’s PhD research uses oral history to explore how privatisation policies of the 1980s and 1990s affected government research laboratories and the scientists who worked in them. The project is co-supervised by the British Library as part of the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships programme. Find out more about Emme’s research in this case study film.