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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, former President and CEO of the Royal Society, with Greg Clark MP and Lord Patel, Chair of the Commons and former Chair of the Lords S&T Committee.

“The pairing scheme is designed for politicians to meet world leading scientists. This is the third time I have participated in the scheme and I have not only deepened my understanding of science, but also my knowledge of explaining how policy and parliament works. I would highly recommend it to parliamentarians and academics. I am grateful for the time, patience and expertise of the scientists I have been paired with.”

Ian Murray MP, paired with Dr Nick Wheelhouse, Associate Professor and Research Group Lead in Microbiology at Edinburgh Napier University. 

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. You will have the opportunity to find out more about 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 set aside time in your diary to meet with your scientist pair twice during the week and take part in a roundtable discussion. We would also value an opportunity for your pair to meet with your staff and learn more about your day to day work.

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

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