Scientists and social scientists: pair up with an MEP

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

8 July 2015

If you're a scientist or social scientist interested in interacting with a European Parliament MEP, take a look at the MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2015.

Now open for applications, the aim of this scheme is to enhance knowledge-based decisions, facilitate better public awareness of EU policies and foster greater mutual understanding.Successful applicants will be paired with MEPs and invited to Brussels for a week, where they will have the opportunity to follow MEPs in their daily political activities and learn about EU policy in their area of research. Follow-up events organised by the MEPs may also include workshops, visits to local research facilities, press conferences and exhibitions.

A maximum of 60 scientists will be selected for this call, who are active in specific fields of research, which are linked to the priority areas of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment bureau (STOA). Research priorities include:

  • eco-efficient transport and modern energy solutions
  • sustainable management of natural resources
  • potentials and challenges of the Information Society
  • health and life sciences
  • science, technology and innovation policy.

Both natural scientists in state-of-the-art innovative areas and social scientists are encouraged to apply.

No research funding is available, but reimbursement is offered for travel and accommodation required for the Brussels trip.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

For more info and to apply, please see the Call Invitation. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact the ARU Research Services team.

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