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The Royal Society Pairing Scheme – applications from scientists now open

The Royal Society Pairing Scheme gives UK researchers and policymakers the unique opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

Each year we pair 30 researchers with MPs, Peers and civil servants to spend a week in Westminster. If selected, you gain an insight into how research is used to create policy and make contributions in the future. After spending time in Westminster, your partner makes a reciprocal visit to your workplace.

The scheme takes place annually, beginning with a ‘Week in Westminster’. Over the week the scientists take part in workshops, hear from invited speakers and spend two days shadowing their pair. This year’s week in Westminster will take place from Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 November 2019.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate good communication skills and, in particular, an ability to communicate their research to a lay audience.

Deadline for researchers: Sunday 7 April, 2019

Find out more here: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/pairing-scheme/

Call for applications: Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2014

Royal Society Pairing Scheme for Scientists, Parliamentarians and Civil Servants

This scheme helps scientists to understand political processes and decision making by shadowing either an MP, a member of the House of Lords or a Civil Servant.

Applicants should have a strong interest in science policy, a proven ability to communicate their research and at least 2 years of postdoctoral or equivalent professional research experience in industry.

For information on how to apply click here or email: public.affairs@royalsociety.org.

Applications are open from Tuesday 22 April to Friday 23 May 2014.

Sciencewise proposals – innovative thinking on public dialogue in policy-making involving science and technology

As part of our commitment to transparency and openness Sciencewise is opening up its thinking to outside influence. We are looking for proposals from individuals, organisations, researchers and practitioners from all sectors for new, innovative work which they could undertake and that will add to thinking on public dialogue in policy-making involving science and technology.

What we are looking for

In the spirit of open policy-making Sciencewise wants to commission innovative thinking which will help Sciencewise to achieve its objective to: “improve policy-making involving science and technology across Government by increasing the effectiveness with which public dialogue is used, and encouraging its wider use where appropriate”

Our aim is to help policy makers to better understand how their context is changing and/or move the field of public dialogue forward. For the ideas selected by our panel we will commission the selected organisation or individual to carry out work worth up-to £5,000 + VAT.

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History & Policy Network Session – Tues 30 October

The History & Policy Network is holding a roundtable event on Engaging with Policy on Tuesday 30 October, 10.30-12.00 in Seminar Room 2.57, 2nd floor Simon Building, Brunswick Street.

Contributors include Colin Talbot, Professor of Public Policy and Management Research and Director of Policy@Manchester and Karel Williams, Professor of Accounting and Political Economy and director of the ESRC funded Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change (CRESC).

Do come along if you can to support the Network’s first event. Tea and coffee will be available.

Find out more about policy@manchester and our week of policy related events, workshops and public talks here.

Posted on behalf of Dr Stephanie Snow, Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester

Policy@Manchester New Researchers Lunch

Policy@Manchester New Researchers Lunch: Calling all research students and post-docs with an interest in policy

We are pleased to invite you to attend the first ever Policy@Manchester New Researchers Lunch. The main aim of this event is to enable research students and post-docs with an interest in policy from across the University of Manchester to meet in an informal environment.

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Interactive Academic Engagement with Policy-Makers: Addressing the knowledge transfer gap

The Institute for Social Change and CCSR is leading an open dialogue workshop to support the professional development of academics, providing key insights into how policy is made and the vital role and enduring role of research.

When and where:

This workshop will take place on 27 September 2012, 11:00 – 15:30, room 1.69/1.70 Humanities Bridgeford Street, Manchester University and is

Who should attend: 

Open to Manchester University academics and research staff who would like to learn more about the policy making process. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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