Dr Liberty Vittert, a scientist from Glasgow North, swapped her lab bench for the green benches when she joined Patrick Grady MP in parliament this week.
Patrick met with Dr Vittert from the University of Glasgow as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society- the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Office for Science.
The scheme pairs scientists with parliamentarians and civil servants so that they can learn about each other’s worlds and explore how research findings can inform policy making.
During the week Dr Vittert spent time with Patrick in Westminster to get a behind the scenes insight into how policy is formed and how their research can be used to make evidence based decisions. The visit also gave Patrick the opportunity to learn more about the scientist’s research.
The week began with a reception in parliament where Professor Brian Cox OBE, FRS, explained why policy makers and researchers must work together to ensure that science is used to improve people’s lives and tackle global challenges.
Patrick Grady MP said:
“In parliament I need to make decisions on complex topics. Building links with the Scotland’s top scientists helps me access scientific advice so that I can make decisions based on the best evidence available.
Meeting expert scientists from my constituency is a great reminder that Scotland is a world leader in science. We should use the expertise of our brightest scientists to provide evidence for policy making.
It was great to meet Dr Vittert and learn about her work with facial recognition. I’m looking forward to getting hands on experience of how Dr Vittert works when I visit her in the lab at the University of Glasgow next year.”