On 10th September, POST hosted a parliamentary seminar to launch its new dedicated Social Science Section, which has been established through a partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the support of University College London (UCL). The seminar brought together parliamentarians and external experts from across the social sciences to discuss the role of social science in Parliament, how social science can improve the evidence base for policy making and the role of the new Social Science Section at POST.

It was Chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science and Policy, and presentations were made by: Adam Afriyie MP, Chair of POST; Dr David Halpern, National Adviser of the What Works Centres and Director of the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team; Professor Teresa Rees CBE AcSS, Board Member of the Campaign for Social Science and former Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Cardiff University; Ms Jane Tinkler, Manager of the Public Policy Group and Research Fellow at the Department of Government, LSE; Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive, ESRC; and Baroness Lister of Burtersett CBE FBA, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough University.