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Pairing scheme

This scheme gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

Pairing scheme scientists in Westminster Hall, just before they began their tour of parliament

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.

Professor Peter Magill, paired with Lord O'Shaughnessy

Applying for this scheme

Applications for this year's pairing scheme are now closed.  

If you have any questions, please contact public.affairs@royalsociety.org 

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. Find out who has taken part in previous years

How does the scheme work?

This year’s pairing scheme will be fully online beginning with a virtual ‘Week in Westminster’. Over the week the scientists will take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend time with their pair. 

Read March 2020’s 'Week in Westminster' agenda (PDF) or find out more about our 2020 participants’ experience at #SciWestminster20

Who is the scheme for?

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