Voice of the Future 2018

Glenn Castle, a final-year PhD student from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has been invited to attend Parliament this week to take part in a science ‘Question Time’ style event called Voice of the Future.

Voice of the Future is an annual event, organised by the Royal Society of Biology, where young researchers and scientists from a range of different disciplines are invited to take part and have the opportunity to question ministers, MPs and leading figures dealing with science in Parliament and Government.

The event is being held at the Porticullis House Building of Parliament and will involve several panels throughout the morning, which are usually made up of a minister, a shadow minister, MPs on the Science and Technology Select Committee and a Chief Scientific Adviser (i.e. a government official).

Glenn, who is currently working on a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project in partnership with South West Water, submitted a question that has been selected to be asked at the event. Glenn will ask;

‘’The UK currently derives much of its environmental regulation from the EU, such as the Drinking Water Directive and the REACH regulations. How will these regulations be updated in a post-Brexit British system? Will the government aim to keep step with drinking water directive limits for example and if not, what problems are likely to arise if and when the UK and EU regulatory environments start to diverge?”

Glenn said: “This is a great opportunity for me to learn about the role of science in policy-making. As my PhD focuses on the monitoring of water quality within the UK, I have based my question on regulation of contaminants in drinking water post Brexit and whether we will diverge from European limits.”

The Voice of the Future will be webcast live on the Science & Technology Committee, which is part of the parliamentary website and may also be broadcast on the BBC Parliament Channel.

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