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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. 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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