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

From left to right: Dr Lorenzo Melchor, Paul Burstow and Dr Maria Vinci looking at immunofluorescent images of paediatric primary brain tumour cells stained for a stem cell marker (nestin), during a lab tour at the ICR.

It seems to me that communicating science in Parliament is very different from what a scientist working in a laboratory might imagine! Scientists and politicians use different languages and working to bridge that gap is fundamental.

Maria Vinci paired with Paul Burstow MP

The Royal Society pairing scheme will give you an insight in to how parliament and government work and how you can use your research findings to inform policy making. Through the scheme you will make lasting relationships with parliamentarians and civil servants as well as fellow scientists working across a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Scientists must apply to take part in the scheme.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills and, in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

Those applying to the 2017 scheme must be able to spend one week in Westminster in late November/early December 2017 and be willing to arrange a reciprocal visit for their pair to their institution. The scheme will cover the costs of your week in Westminster.

The scheme is now closed to applications.

Please email for more information