From Lab Bench to Green Bench

December 10, 2013 9:31 AM

Make it happen

Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, took part in a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society, designed to bridge the divide between parliamentarians and the UK's top scientists.

Dr Adam Glen from Cardiff University's School of Dentistry has been paired with Jenny as part of the 'Week in Westminster' scheme. Dr Glen will shadow Jenny and learn about her work, attend Prime Minister's Question Time and meet with Professor David MacKay FRS, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The scheme is an opportunity for MPs to become better informed about science issues and for scientists to understand how they can influence science policy. So far, over 200 pairs of scientists and MPs have taken part since 2001.

Commenting Jenny Willott MP said:

"I am delighted to be taking part in the Royal Society pairing scheme again this year. It provides an invaluable opportunity to build links and understanding between MPs and world-leading scientists: important not just to ensure good government policy directly relating to science, but also to promote sensible, evidence-based decision-making more broadly."

Dr Glen said:

"Building links between MPs and research scientists will facilitate scientists' understanding of the challenges when forming governmental policy and give MPs a window into the scientific world. This scheme will be of benefit for both parties involved and ultimately facilitate good scientific policy, something which I am very excited to be part of."

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