What we do

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is a bicameral body in the UK Parliament. With more than 30 years of experience in sourcing scientific research evidence for the UK Parliament, POST is one of the first bodies of its kind in the world. As part of our work, we:

  • Produce impartial, balanced and timely briefings
  • Organise parliamentary horizon scanning activities
  • Offer a range of services to Select Committees
  • Train the next generation of policy shapers through the POST Fellowship and other schemes
  • Hold seminars and events for parliamentarians and the public
  • Work with research advisory bodies in legislatures across the globe
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange between UK Parliament and research communities

Our history

Watch this quick video to learn about the history of POST and what we do.

Our work

  • Research

    We produce impartial, timely and peer-reviewed briefings to make scientific research accessible to Parliament. We cover areas such as biology, health, energy, environment, physical and social sciences.

  • Horizon scanning

    We organise horizon scanning activities that result in the production of a range of reports that help Parliament plan for the future, and support Select Committees in gaining research evidence on selected topics.

  • Rapid Evidence Assessments

    Rapid Evidence Assessments are reports that are produced over a short period of time, based on a comprehensive search of academic databases. They are delivered in partnership with researchers from UK universities.

  • Fellowships

    Joining a POST Fellowship is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work in the epicentre of policy-making. Our fellows learn how to write policy briefings with balance and impartiality.

  • Events

    We host a range of events throughout the year, which range from roundtable discussions and seminars for parliamentarians, to public conferences with major academic bodies that are open to the public.

  • Resources

    To help experts, students, and parliamentarians understand how policy and research intersect, we have developed a series of resources, such as guides on how to identify quality evidence, write briefings, and more.

  • Knowledge exchange

    Our Knowledge Exchange Unit facilitates the exchange of information and expertise between researchers and Parliament, by training researchers and sharing engagement opportunities.

  • International work

    We work with legislatures around the world to strengthen global scientific advisory capabilities.

  • The POST Board

    The POST Board provides us with advice on our work. It meets quarterly to help ensure that we reflect the interests of Parliament.

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