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Oireachtas Science Pairing Scheme

The Royal Irish Academy Oireachtas Science Pairing Scheme will run from November 2019 to March 2020, and is a collaborative project between the Academy and the Houses of the Oireachtas. It is supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland.

Members of the Oireachtas are paired with scientists and researchers working on issues of relevance in their constituency or committee work. The topics under consideration cover some of the key issues facing Ireland today, including housing, rural sustainability and energy.

Oireachtas members will have the opportunity to learn about the world class research that is taking place in Ireland, and in return, researchers and scientists will be able to follow the path that their work takes as it enters the legislative and policy sphere. This knowledge-exchange project also builds an important network between academics and legislators, and we hope that the connections made during the scheme will lead to greater collaboration in the future.

TDs and Senators taking part in the scheme include Deputies John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, Michael Harty, Jim O’Callaghan, Fiona O’Loughlin, Catherine Martin and Eamon Ryan, and Senators Ivana Bacik, Rose Conway-Walsh, Pippa Hackett, Anthony Lawlor, and Catherine Noone. They are matched with academics and researchers working in Maynooth University, TU Dublin, NUI Galway, DCU and Teagasc.

Click here to see details of the inaugural Scientist and Oireachtas Member Pairing Scheme 2015.

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