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Pairing research scientists and policymakers

By 23 March 2019

Each year 30 research scientists are paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants. They learn about each other’s work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s institutions.

Those taking part gain an insight into how research findings can help inform policymaking, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved. Find out who has taken part in previous years.

How does the scheme work?

The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair. This year’s week in Westminster will take place from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 November 2019

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry. You must also be able to spend time in Westminster from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 November, 2019 and be willing to arrange a reciprocal visit for your pair to your institution. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills and, in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

Applications for scientists wishing to participate are open now. The deadline is 7 April, 2019.

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