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

Lorraine Field and Freya Horsfield during the Week in Westminster 2014

Applying for this scheme - civil servants

Applications for civil servants will open in April 2019. 

This year’s week in Westminster will take place from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 November 2019.

Please email for more information.

I hugely enjoyed my experience of the scheme. It was really interesting to explain my own work and to get a sense for how the work of government is seen through researchers.

Dr Alan Pitt, Secretary for the Council for Science and Technology, paired with Dr Emma Stone at the University of Bristol


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This annual scheme gives UK Civil Servants the opportunity to be paired with a talented UK-based research scientist for a week in Westminster in November (26-29 in 2019). Taking part will help you to expand networks, improve your knowledge of the research landscape and understand how the research community can support you in your day to day work.

This scheme is open to Civil Servants of any grade across government and includes a program of sessions and workshops to learn more about the processes of parliament and the science research and advice landscape.


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By the end of the scheme you will:

  • Have direct links with practicing talented research scientists and external science organisations 
  • Understand the process of scientific research within government and externally
  • Understand how to access and use this knowledge to inform discussions and decision making

You can use your allocated learning and development days to take part in the scheme. 

The week in Westminster (26-29 November 2019):

  • You will need to be free to meet your pair at a networking reception in Westminster on the afternoon of Monday 26 November, and arrange for them to shadow you at work for Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 November
  • On Thursday 29 November you will have the chance to attend workshop sessions
  • You may wish to invite colleagues in your team to share the shadowing responsibility on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28

As part of the scheme, you will also set up a reciprocal visit (one day) to join them at their place of work in the following months 

If you are interested in taking part in the Royal Society pairing scheme or would like more information please email

This scheme, jointly provided by the Royal Society and the Civil Service Government Science and Engineering and Policy professions, gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

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