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Roundtable of Researchers & Policymakers

26 Mar

A half-day event hosted by King’s College London (KCL) and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), in partnership with the Policy Professionals Group from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Funded by Research England under the QR Strategic Priorities Fund, this will be a great opportunity for early and mid-career researchers to meet and engage with mid- to senior-level policy professionals and decision makers from the FCO to discuss the actors in foreign policy and explore the role of stakeholders, including universities, in shaping UK’s foreign and humanitarian agenda.

Our goal is to strengthen collaborations between institutions, encourage a fluid exchange of ideas and expertise by opening a direct and long-lasting channel of communication for cutting-edge evidence-based policymaking in a variety of disciplines.

We will develop an interactive ‘Theory of Change’ workshop with 25 FCO professionals, 25 early career researchers and 10 YPFP members (materials and more information to be distributed ahead of the event). A dinner invitation will be extended to all participants offering the chance for discussions to continue informally. Lastly, a report with recommendations and guidelines on next steps will be produced as a result of the workshop and circulated to academic and government bodies.


How to apply? We are looking for 25 early- and mid-career researchers from different fields who want to discuss their work, actively participate in the workshop and express interest in setting up future collaborations. Please, send us an email to the address below with your CV, a short summary of your research areas and how your work links with UK’s foreign or humanitarian agenda (max 200 words). We encourage applications from all departments, including those indirectly related to public policy.

Deadline for submission: Monday March 9th 2020

Who: Early- and mid-career researchers and policymakers

When: March 26th 2020, 14:30-18:30 with Dinner invitation at 19:00

Where: Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London

Fees: The event is completely free of charge. If you think you might need local travel support, do let us know in advance as there is a small budget for assistance.

Programme and materials will be sent in early March.

For more information, please contact Maria Milenova at

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