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    Event on 16 October 2013. Allergy is a heightened response of the immune system to normally innocuous substances, such as pollen, dust mites, food or chemicals. It is estimated that one in four people in the UK has an allergy. The number of people with allergies is increasing and up to half those affected are children. Expert speakers discussed trends in the prevalence of allergic disease and the underlying causes, provision of clinical allergy services and commented on progress made since the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s report on the topic in 2007. POST was delighted to collaborate on this event with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Allergy.

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    Event on 10 September 2013. On 10th September, POST, in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and University College London (UCL), hosted its first annual reception. It also marked the launch of the new Social Science Section at POST. There were brief presentations from each of the organisations involved in establishing the new Social Science Section at POST to outline why they supported it and what they hope it can achieve: Adam Afriyie MP, Chair of POST; Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive, ESRC; and Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost (Research). Lord Winston gave the keynote address.

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    Event on 12 September 2013. Pollinating insects are in decline globally, due to multiple and interacting pressures. The pollination services they provide are important for the functioning of our ecosystems and food security, and were estimated to be worth £603 million to the UK agriculture in 2010. Pollination in the UK is undertaken by a wide variety of insect species, such as bees, hoverflies, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. To take effective action to halt declines we first need to understand properly why they are occurring. This seminar was an opportunity for parliamentarians and their researchers to discuss with experts the threats facing insect pollinators, the important gaps in knowledge and the strategies available to halt declines. Click on the names of the presenters for for adobe acrobat pdfs of the presentations and a summary of the event is.

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    Event on 10 September 2013. On 10th September, POST hosted a parliamentary seminar to launch its new dedicated Social Science. 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.

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    Event on 4 June 2013. The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology is delighted to host an interactive exhibition in collaboration with seven of the leading public sector bodies that fund research in the UK. All research disciplines – from physics to philosophy – are relevant to health and wellbeing and experts will be on hand to discuss their latest research with parliamentarians. This reception will give guests the opportunity to enjoy hands-on exhibits and to learn more about the science involved from leading researchers.

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    Event on 16 July 2013. The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology invites MPs' researchers to an information session over lunch on July 16, 2013 in the Attlee Suite. Come and find out how the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and the House of Commons Library Science and Environment Section (SES) can support your work and benefit your MP and constituency.

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    Event on 14 May 2013. This seminar gave an overview of how children and young people with special educational needs are defined and identified, where and how their needs are being met and the roles of those who are responsible for their education and training. POST collaborated on this event with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education. More information about the programme and speakers are available in the event flyer.

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    Event on 30 April 2013. Foresight Action Network’s Spring meeting on the Future Environmental Applications and Implications of Synthetic Biology was hosted by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council. Synthetic biology aims to design and build new biological parts and systems, or to modify existing ones, to carry out novel tasks. According to the Government Office for Science, “synthetic biology has the potential to drive industry, research and employment in the life sciences in a way that could rival the development of the computer industry”. It encompasses a range of developing technologies from the redesign of bacteria to the potential creation of new species. It already offers potential for cheaper ways of producing known chemicals and drugs and may evolve further in fields such as food production, energy generation, land and water decontamination, new materials and structures and even information processing.

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