Becky Purvis

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Becky Purvis is a former employee of the Science Media Centre. She is now Head of Policy at the Association of Medical Research Charities.[1]



Purvis has a degree in Biology and Philosophy from Durham University. She went on to study for an M.Sc in Science Communication at Imperial College London, involving a placement in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and a dissertation on the role of communication in the Human Genome Project.[2]


Science Media Centre

Purvis joined the Science Media Centre as an Assistant in October 2003.[2]

Parliamentary researcher for Evan Harris, former MP

In 2005 Purvis joined the office of former Liberal Democrat MP and Science spokesperson Evan Harris to work on science policy where 'her role included coordinating work during the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 through parliament'.[3] She was involved in organising "Scientists, doctors (bring white coats please!) and patients "Show of Support" at 1pm-2pm including media photocall outside Parliament" protest on the 12 May 2008 during the second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the House of Commons.[4]

Association of Medical Research Charities

Purvis joined joined the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) in 2008 and has been Head of Policy since April 2011. She is responsible for policy work, public affairs, media and membership.[1]


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research

Purvis manages the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Medical Research.[1]


Purvis is a committee member and secretary of Stempra.[5]

Understanding Animal Research

Purvis is a member of the Understanding Animal Research working group of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research subgroup.[6]

Rare Disease UK

Purvis sits on the management committee of Rare Disease UK.[3]


Twitter: @BeckyPurvis
Email: b.purvis [AT]
becky [AT]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 AMRC (2013), Becky Purvis, accessed 18 September 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Data from Internet Archive holdings of the Science Media Centre, 2004, accessed 18 September 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rare Disease UK (2012), Rare Disease UK - Action Plan 2012, accessed 18 September 2013
  4. Ben Goldacre (2008), White coat protest on hybrid embryo research bill, accessed 18 September 2013
  5. Stempra (2013), Becky Purvis
  6. Understanding Animal Research, Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, accessed 18 September 2013