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

Venki Ramakrishnan and Dr Julie Maxton, President and CEO of the Royal Society, with Greg Clark MP and Lord Patel, Chairs of the Commons and Lords S&T Committee.

“MPs building links with the UK’s top scientists is a great opportunity to build mutual understanding of each other’s work.  The UK is a world leader in science and as Parliamentarians we always need to be mindful of the best scientific evidence when we make decisions.”

Anne Milton MP paired with Dr Katriina Whitaker – Senior Lecturer and Lead in Cancer Care, University of Surrey. 

Taking part in the Royal Society pairing scheme will give you a chance to learn about the science behind the issues regularly raised by your constituents and meet experts who can provide information on policy topics that you are scrutinising in parliament. Through the reciprocal visit you will have an opportunity to visit your local universities, research facilities, schools or businesses and meet students and scientists living and working in your constituency.

To take part you will need to allow a scientist to shadow you at work for two days during the Week in Westminster and dedicate time for the reciprocal visit to their institutions.

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

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