From lab bench to front bench for Nottingham professor

A scientist at Nottingham Trent University will be swapping a lab coat for legislation this week.

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Professor Carole Perry, of NTU's School of Science and Technology

A scientist at Nottingham Trent University will be swapping a lab coat for legislation this week.

Professor Carole Perry will visit Lilian Greenwood MP at the House of Commons for a 'Week in Westminster' from 24-27 November 2014, as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK's national academy of science.

During her visit Professor Perry will shadow the Labour MP and learn about her work. As well as attending seminars and panel discussions, while in Westminster she will also attend Prime Minister's Question Time and a mock science and technology select committee.

The visit aims to provide Professor Perry with a behind-the-scenes insight into how science policy is formed as well as an understanding of the working life of a parliamentarian.

Professor Perry, who is based in the University's School of Science and Technology, said: "I am delighted to be able to shadow Ms Greenwood during a very busy week at parliament. I am hoping to see first-hand the working practices of various committees and see how decisions made in committee transition to the 'house' for debate."

The Royal Society's Pairing Scheme aims to build bridges between parliamentarians and some of the best scientists in the UK.

It is an opportunity for parliamentarians and civil servants to become better informed about science issues and for scientists to understand how they can influence science policy. More than 300 pairs of scientists, parliamentarians and civil servants have been partnered up since the scheme 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 outbreaks of infectious diseases, GM organisms to technology and security, our policy makers have to make decisions about issues that will affect the lives of all those in the UK and, in many cases, the global community.

"This means policy-makers and scientists have a responsibility to engage with each other to get the best possible scientific advice into public policy making."

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From lab bench to front bench for Nottingham professor

Published on 24 November 2014
  • Category: Press office; School of Science and Technology

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