13 January 2012
During her visit, Barbara will tour the department's laboratories, meet with key scientists working across the physical and human research themes of the department and give a departmental seminar, focussing on her own work on the implementation of wave and tidal power in the UK. Since Jonny and Barbara have both previously worked at the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, their interests in climate change research are shared and so this scheme is a great way of forging links between the climate research community and the applied, legislative work of the government.
The Royal Society pairing scheme aims to build bridges between parliamentarians and some of the best scientists in the UK. It is an opportunity for MPs and civil servants to become better informed about science issues and for scientists to understand how they can influence science policy. Over 180 scientists have taken part in the scheme since it was launched in 2001.
Previous participants include Rt Hon John Denham MP, Nick Clegg MP, Julia Goldsworthy MP, Ed Vaizey MP and Anne Snelgrove MP as well as civil servants from across government and scientists from universities and research centres across the UK.
Dr Jonny Williams