Shadowing Scheme now open for applications

Applications are now invited for the annual BES Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme. The scheme has run each year from 2007 and provides an unprecedented opportunity for members of the Society to spend two days shadowing senior policy-makers in the UK and at the European Parliament. Past participants include the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing at the Welsh Government; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), plus a number of Members of the European Parliament and colleagues in Scotland.

The scheme is open to all members of the BES who are based at an academic institution or similar, who have completed their PhD and who did so no more than 12 years ago.

Shadowing placements for this year have so far been confirmed with Chris Davies MEP, in Brussels, and Professor Ian Boyd and Dr Fiona Harrison (Chief Scientific Adviser and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser), Defra. Details of further placements will be announced when confirmed, via the BES website. We expect that placements will take place in the spring.

For further details about the scheme and how to apply, please see the relevant section of the BES website. The closing date and time for applications (covering letter and CV) is 10:00 on Thursday 9 January 2014.