Engineer spends week at Westminster

A researcher from the University is spending a week in the House of Commons as part of a pairing scheme.

The engineer will gain experience of working alongside a civil servant before hosting a return visit to Edinburgh for his counterpart, in the initiative run by the Royal Society.

Dr Rory Hadden, of the University’s School of Engineering, will be partnered with Dr Alessandro Faimali, Scientific Officer at the Centre for Applied Science and Technology, Home Office.

As well as attending seminars and panel discussions in Westminster, the researcher will also attend Prime Minister’s Question Time and a mock Science and Technology Select Committee.

His visit will provide a behind-the-scenes insight into how science policy is formed as well as an understanding of the working life of a civil servant.

Building bridges

I’m very much looking forward to my week in Westminster. I’m certain it will be a valuable experience.

Dr Rory HaddenSchool of Engineering

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.

This is a great opportunity to get out of the lab and to engage broadly with policy makers to discover how science policy is formed. I look forward to sharing my experience in fire safety engineering and fire investigation with my counterpart at the Home Office and investigating new opportunities.

Dr Rory HaddenSchool of Engineering

I am looking forward to sharing my experience as a civil servant working in science within the Home Office. I am particularly keen to forge close ties with the academic community, and this partnership should allow for an interesting exchange of ideas and insights between the worlds of academia and policymaking.

Dr Alessandro FaimaliScientific Officer at Centre for Applied Science and Technology, Home Office