The MBA's Matt Frost is at Westminster this week, taking part in the Royal Society's pairing scheme.
During his visit Dr Frost will shadow Sheryll Murray MP and learn about her work. As well as attending seminars and panel discussions about how evidence is used in policy making, Dr Frost will also attend a mock Select Committee.
Dr Frost is no stranger to the science-policy interface; he is a regular visitor to Westminster, responding to consultations on the marine environment and providing evidence to Select Committees. The pairing scheme is extremely valuable as he will get a behind-the-scenes insight into how policy is formed and how his research can be used to make evidence-based decisions. It will also give Sheryll Murray the opportunity to investigate the science behind her decisions and improve their access to scientific evidence.
Dr Frost said, "I have worked for many years in providing evidence and advice from marine biological research to the policy community. This opportunity will allow me to see first-hand how this information is used to inform a diverse range of marine policy areas such as fisheries, marine conservation and the blue economy."
The Royal Society’s pairing scheme, which started in 2001, aims to build bridges between parliamentarians, civil servants and some of the best scientists in the UK.
Sheryll Murray will also be invited to visit Dr Frost at the Marine Biological Association next year and get hands-on experience of marine biology including a trip out in the MBA’s Research vessel Sepia.
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