The Scottish Parliament is seeking speakers for a series of 7 seminars on Scotland after Brexit. The seminars are attended by MSPs, their staff and Scottish Parliament Staff. Seminars will take place in the Scottish Parliament building in Holyrood on Wednesday mornings between 8:30 and 9:30am. The next seminar series will take place from 12 September to the 12 December 2018.

The seminars are organised by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). SPICe provides impartial, factual, accurate information and analysis to Members in support of Scottish Parliament parliamentary business. 

They are particularly interested in hearing from speakers conducting research on the post-Brexit policy landscape for the following topics:

  • Environmental governance
  • UK Common Frameworks
  • Justice
  • Agriculture
  • Immigration
  • Trade
  • Food and Drink
  • Transport

Seminars are not strictly limited to these topics and proposals are welcomed for seminars on relevant topics not included in this list.

The aim of the seminar series is to provide access for parliamentarians and their staff to academic knowledge to improve parliamentary scrutiny by:

  • developing understanding and awareness of issues and
  • stimulate discussion and thinking among a spectrum of attendees.

The seminars will complement formal parliamentary business, such as committee inquiries. 

Expressions of interest are sought from academics to deliver a 15 minute presentation addressing this issue in the round, or one aspect of it. It is expected that 2 or 3 academics will be invited to speak at each seminar.

Seminars are conducted under the Chatham House Rule. Some seminars may be recorded for the Scottish Parliament's podcast series. Speakers will be asked in advance if they are happy for their talk to be recorded.

Outcomes from previous seminars

Since October 2016, SPICe has hosted 20 Brexit seminars which have been attended by over 800 people. Previous speakers have subsequently been invited to be a witness to provide evidence to the Parliament's committees. Speakers have also developed links with SPICe to provide information for research briefings and providing peer-reviews of SPICe research outputs.

How to make an application

Academics who wish to be considered should fully complete and submit the application form (click to download) and submit to academia@parliament.scot by Friday 3 August.

Expressions of interest are invited from researchers from all disciplines and from researchers at all stages of their careers, including doctoral students and early career researchers working in the areas outlined.

All applications will be reviewed. Successful applicants will be invited to deliver their presentation at the relevant Scottish Parliament Brexit seminar.

Using a maximum of 200 words in the box provided, describe your presentation proposal. Ensure that you highlight how the presentation is:

  • Of importance to the people of Scotland
  • Evidence-based
  • Reliable and robust
  • Objective and non-partisan (not party political) 
  • Accessible (written in plain English)

If you have any questions, please contact the SPICe mailbox spice@parliament.scot

Last updated 17 Jul 2018 12:45pm