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Science meets Politics - Royal Society MP Scientist Pairing Scheme

May 2005

Are you a scientist with an interest in politics?

The Royal Society is currently inviting applications from scientists to take part in the 2005 round of its successful MP-Scientist pairing scheme.

The scheme helps build bridges between parliamentarians and scientists in the UK . MP and scientist pairs spend time together in the laboratory and the constituency followed by an opportunity for scientists to go 'behind the scenes' at Westminster gaining first hand experience of how science policy is formed.

We are looking to recruit post-doctoral scientists either with a research fellowship or working at a Research Council institute and a proven interest in science communication and matters relating to science policy.

Last year, Dr Linda Field, Principal Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research took part in the scheme. Dr Field is pictured below with her MP, Mr Kerry Pollard MP for St Albans.

Dr Linda Field, Principal Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research and Mr Kerry Pollard MP for St Albans

If you wish to apply, please send your CV with a covering letter (one side of A4 only) explaining why you would be suitable and a lay summary (200 words max) of your research to Chloe Sheppard, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG.

Deadline for applications is 3 June 2005.

External contact

Chloe Sheppard, The Royal Society