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The Royal Society Pairing Scheme - applications close 10 May 2012

24 Apr 2012

This scheme builds bridges between parliamentarians, civil servants and some of the best research scientists in the UK.

Participating scientists are paired with either an MP or civil servant and the Royal Society supports them by arranging a 'Week in Westminster' and reciprocal visits.

The scheme aims to help MPs and civil servants establish longstanding links with practising research scientists and to help research scientists understand political decision making and its associated pressures. Since 2001 over 150 scientists have been paired with MPs and civil servants.

Benefits for scientists

The Royal Society Pairing scheme offers scientists the opportunity to understand the policy process and explore methods of sharing their knowledge with Government. Scientists will be paired with either an MP or Civil Servant. They will spend time together in their Laboratory and in turn in their paired MP’s constituency or Civil Servants Government office. All scientists will participate in a ‘Week in Westminster’ providing a valuable insight into how science policy is formed.


Applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience.  Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills, and in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

Find out more and apply at: 

Applications close 10 May 2012.