A Cambridge scientist Dr Karen Stroobants is trading her lab coat for legislation to take part in a unique scheme where MEPs are paired up with leading scientists for a week at both their respective places of work.
Dr Stroobants who is a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases at the Chemistry Department of the University of Cambridge is paired with Alex Mayer MEP.
The post-doc is spending a week in the European Parliament in Brussels, to learn how science policy is formed as well as gaining an understanding of the working life of an MEP.
Ms Mayer will then spend time with Dr Stroobants to gain a better understanding of how European research funding is spent, how research is prioritised and what a typical day is like for a research scientist.
Alex Mayer MEP said: "With concepts such as ‘fake news’ and the denigration of experts, all around us, I can think of no better time for scientists and politicians to spend time together.
“I am also keen to find out more about how our EU membership helps Cambridge science thrive and what we need to do to mitigate the problems of Brexit."
The pairing scheme is in its seventh year and is organised by the European “Science and Technology Options Assessment” (STOA) which provides the parliament with independent, high-quality and impartial scientific information and studies.