From Lab Bench to Backbench
Dr Claire Brockett will be swapping a lab coat for legislation, when she visits MP Greg Mulholland at the House of Commons for a “Week in Westminster” commencing 2 December.
The 'Week in Westminster' is part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society the UKs national academy of science.
During her visit, Dr Brockett will shadow her MP pair and learn about his work, as well as attending Prime Ministers Question Time and meeting Professor David MacKay FRS, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The visit will provide Claire with a behind-the-scenes insight into how science policy is formed as well as an understanding of the working life of an MP.
The Royal Societys MP-Scientist pairing scheme aims to build bridges between parliamentarians and some of the best scientists in the UK. It is an opportunity for MPs to become better informed about science issues and for scientists to understand how they can influence science policy. Over 200 pairs of scientists and MPs have taken part in the scheme since it was launched in 2001.
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society said:
We live in a world facing increasing challenges that can only be addressed with a clear understanding of science. From climate change to influenza outbreaks, GM food to nuclear power, our MPs have to make decisions about complex issues that will affect the lives of all those in the UK and, in many cases, more widely throughout the world. This means that MPs and scientists have a responsibility to engage with each other to get the best possible scientific advice into public policy making.
We set up the Royal Societys MP Scientist pairing scheme in 2001 to provide the opportunity for MPs and scientists to build long-term relationships with each other and have now organised over two hundred pairings.
I know many parliamentarians and scientists who have gained from the scheme, and the shaping of public policy can only improve over time as these relationships continue to grow.Posted in: University news