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

Lilian Greenwood MP paired with Rebecca Dewey, Research Fellow in Neuroimaging at The University of Nottingham, 2015

I'm often required to learn about very technical things very quickly. Having access to experts who can explain the details and the way that my decisions would affect them in their field and in their profession is very valuable.

Nicola Blackwood MP paired with Professor Kathryn Wood at the University of Oxford

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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