Applications are now open for the 2024 Royal Society Pairing Scheme. Under the scheme, 30 research scientists are paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants each year. They learn about each other’s work by spending time together in Westminster and the researcher’s institutions. Those taking part gain an insight into how research findings can help inform policy making, and come away with a better understanding of how they can get involved.

Next year’s Pairing Scheme will be held in person, with the ‘Week in Westminster’ taking place from 17– 21 March 2024. Over the week the scientists will take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend time with their pair. The MP, Peer or Civil Servant will then be invited to visit the scientist’s home institution and learn more about their work in person.

If you are a researcher at Bath interested in this scheme, please feel free to contact Amy Thompson, IPR Head of Policy Programmes and Communications, at for more information and to discuss your application.

The application deadline is 7 November.