Call for participation: Pairing Scheme – Politics meets Research

The FNR has launched a new exchange programme in cooperation with the Luxembourgish Parliament: a pairing scheme, where researchers meet members of the Luxembourgish Parliament in their respective working environment. If you are a Principal Investigator and want to take part in this exceptional experience, respond to our call for participation by Tuesday, 7 June.

About the Pairing Scheme

The FNR wants to foster the exchange between researchers and politicians by implementing a Pairing Scheme in Luxembourg, in cooperation with the Luxembourgish Parliament.

How does the Pairing Scheme work?

Phase 1: The researchers meet the politicians in the parliament (October 2016).

The Pairing Scheme starts with a visit of the researchers in the Luxembourgish Parliament, to get an overview over the political process in Luxembourg and the work of the members of parliament (MPs) and to meet all the participating MPs. After lunch, a presentation will be given to the MPs about research in Luxembourg.

On a second day (not consecutive) the researchers will meet separately with their partner and afterwards attend a public parliament session (translator will be provided).

Phase 2: The politician visits the researcher in their institution. (October/November 2016).

Phase 3: All the participating actors meet at the Parliament for a debriefing and a get-together. (December or January)

What do I have to do to participate?

If you are a Principal Investigator and want to participate, please fill out the participation form by Tuesday, 7 June at the latest and send it to Jean-Paul Bertemes tell us why you want to participate and provide us with your CV.

Return the participation form to Jean-Paul Bertemes by 7 June 2016

The number of pairs to be set up will be limited by the number of MPs willing to participate and the FNR intends to draw up a shortlist of candidates if the number of interested researchers significantly exceeds to number of participating MPs.

The shortlisting will account for the research fields of the participants (we want to cover a mix of different research fields), seniority, profile, gender balance and language skills (it is considered an asset if you can understand/speak one of the 3 official languages of Luxembourg).

What will happen next?

We will present the (short-)list of researchers to the parliament mid to end of June. The participating MPs will be given the opportunity to each choose a researcher to pair up with so that we can form the pairs beginning of July. The FNR will brief all selected researchers about the aim of the Pairing Scheme and will organise a tailored program for each pair.

Are there already concrete plans?

The provisional planning is as follows:

Pairing Scheme Day 1 – the researchers meet the politicians in parliament (in the week of 3-7 of October 2016)

From around 9:30-15:00

  • Visit of the Chamber of Deputies for the researchers

Presentations: “How does the political system in Luxembourg work”, “Science and Politics”, “What is the aim of the Pairing Scheme”, etc. (the MP’s can join if they want)

  • Lunch (all the participating researchers and politicians) at the Chamber
  • Research in Luxembourg: Overview of research in Luxembourg presented by the FNR in the parliament (for all MPs, parties)

Pairing Scheme Day 2 – the researchers attend a public session of the parliament (October 2016)

Lunch and public session

  • The pairs will have separate lunches
  • Afternoon: The researchers attend a public session of the parliament (with a translator).

Pairing Scheme Day 3 – the researchers host the politicians at their institutions

Between October and December 2016

  • For a day the MP visits the researcher in their institution

Note: This date does not need to be the same for each pair and will be arranged by the researchers and politicians – with support from the FNR. 

Pairing Scheme Day 4 – debriefing session

December/January 2016

  • The FNR will present the final report of the project and some researchers and MPs will share their experience with the parliament


More information

Download participation form



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