MP-Scientist Pairing Scheme

As part of the Royal Society pairing scheme, Dame Anne spent a day with Dr Neil Vargesson at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences. The scheme aims to increase understanding between parliamentarians and the science community.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming Dame Anne and discussing our research,” said Dr Vargesson, a lecturer in developmental biology.

“I am also delighted to be gaining a better understanding of how scientists and MPs can work more closely which could help increase public awareness of important research.”

Dame Anne added: “This is the fifth year I have participated in the Royal Society pairing scheme and have found the experience very enlightening and have gained real insights into the valuable work our scientists do.

“It also gives us the chance to exchange views so we can better understand the work we both do and how we can be mutually supportive.”

Later this month Dr Vargesson will shadow Dame Anne at her constituency and then visit her at Westminster for firsthand experience of life as an MP.

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