A Cambridge scientist has traded her lab coat for legislation as she met with parliamentarians in Westminster as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society.

Daniel Zeichner MP and Dr Flavia Mancini from Murray Edwards are paired on the scheme which matches up scientists and parliamentarians so that they can learn about each other’s worlds and explore how research findings can inform policy making.

Dr Mancini, a neuroscientist, shadowed Mr Zeichner as he spoke in a Bill Committee and attended a variety of engagements in Westminster. She also attended seminars and panel discussions about how evidence is used in policy making and took part in a mock Select Committee.

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “It is great to show Flavia how we make decisions in Parliament. Cambridge is a world leader in science but, since our decision to leave the EU, there is a great deal of uncertainty about research funding and whether we can continue to recruit top scientists.”

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