- The scheme pairs scientists with parliamentarians and civil servants so that they can learn about each other’s worlds and explore how research findings can inform policy making. 32 scientists took part in this year's scheme, each shadowing a civil servant or parliamentarian to learn about their work. The scientists also attended seminars and panel discussions about how evidence is used in policy making and took part in a mock Select Committee session.
- Enthusiasm was running high and Royal Society pairs were ready to kick-off the week. First, a chance to get to know each other via #scienceinWestminster15 before a welcome dinner in London.
- — Dr Scott J. McGrane (@DrScottJMcGrane)Sat, Nov 21 2015 09:25:07
- — Isabel Vincent (@isabelvincent)Fri, Nov 20 2015 16:05:24
- — Julie Bayley (@Julie_covuni)Sun, Nov 22 2015 11:13:44
- — Simon Clarke (@dr_simon)Sun, Nov 22 2015 15:39:39
- — Darrin Baines (@DarrinBaines)Sun, Nov 22 2015 15:47:20
- — Liz Stephens (@liz_stephens)Sun, Nov 22 2015 16:48:24
- A tour of Westminster on day one and photos of the Houses of Parliament.
- Meanwhile, some scientists had signed up to use Twitter just for their week in Westminster, and people were keen to share their experiences via #scienceinWestminster15.
- — Mark Leach (@markjleach)Mon, Nov 23 2015 11:51:35Tweeps might find following #scienceinWestminster15 interesting: pairing scheme with 32 scientists in Westminster for a week from today
- — Bristol University (@BristolUni)Mon, Nov 23 2015 17:19:31
- It's not all about sightseeing. There was science and policy with a bit of history too.
Scientists swap the lab bench for the green bench
Scientists traded lab coats for legislation when they met with parliamentarians and civil servants in Westminster between 23-26 November. The week was part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Office for Science.
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