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Share your expertise | Royal Society pairing scheme

Dr Brown & Sir Desmond Swayne

This scheme gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds. Each year 30 researchers are paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants. They learn about each other’s work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s labs. Those taking part gain an insight into how research findings can help inform policymaking, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved.



How does the scheme work?

The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’ in which the pairs first meet. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair. After the ‘Week in Westminster’, it is the turn of the parliamentarians and civil servants to get an insight into the world of research, undertaking reciprocal visits with their pairs.


Applying for this scheme

If your would like support with your application please contact Yaryna Basystyuk, Policy Engagement Manager within PPS, at 

Find out more and apply HERE

Deadline: 11 October 2021

Dr Brown and Sir Desmond

Evidence to Policy

Read Dr Sally Brown's account of her time at DFID as part of the Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2016

Seeing the woods and the trees

Ways to engage

Further information about how to engage with policymakers

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