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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 policy making, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved.

Dr Alistair Farley (Dept of chemistry) was matched with Donna Davidson (House of Lords Science and Technology Committee) in the 2018 scheme. You can read about their experience in this article.

Professor Peter Magill, in the BNDU (dept of pathology), took part in the scheme in 2017– you can read about their experience in this Science Blog.

You can see all previous researchers who've taken part here, including a few from MPLS. 

The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’ in which the pairs first meet. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair.

Read 2018’s ‘Week in Westminster’ agenda (PDF). You can see how previous participants spent their week in Westminster by searching #SciWestminster18 on Twitter.

After the ‘Week in Westminster’, it is the turn of the parliamentarians and civil servants to get an insight into the world of research, undertaking reciprocal visits with their pairs.

I have taken away a fresh perspective on how research findings can help inform the creation, scrutiny and revision of policy, as well as a better understanding of how researchers can get involved in the process.
- Prof Peter Magill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email public.affairs@royalsociety.org for more information.

Who is the scheme for?

Scientists
  • Learn how parliament and government work and how you can feed in to the policy making process
  • Find out how your research can inform policy decisions
  • Build lasting relationships with parliamentarians and civil servants
  • Network with fellow scientists

For full details and to apply, visit the Royal Society Website.