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Pairing scheme

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

Dr Marina Pais, of The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, with Norman Lamb, former MP for North Norfolk and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in December 2017

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 - scientists

Applications are now closed for the 2019 pairing scheme.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact

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?

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. Due to the General election, the scheme that was due to run in November 2019 has been postponed until March 2020. The next pairing scheme will take place in November 2020. 

Read 2018’s 'Week in Westminster' agenda (PDF) or find out more about our 2018 participants’ experience at #SciWestminster18 

Who is the scheme for?

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