This scheme builds bridges between parliamentarians, civil servants and some of the best research scientists in the UK. Participating scientists are paired with either an MP or civil servant and the Royal Society supports them by arranging a 'Week in Westminster' and reciprocal visits. The scheme aims to help MPs and civil servants establish longstanding links with practising research scientists and to help research scientists understand political decision making and its associated pressures.

Since 2001 over 150 scientists have been paired with MPs and civil servants.

For more information visit the Royal Society website. 

At NCAS we understand our responsibility to ensure that investments made in our research can make a real contribution to building a sustainable UK economy and improving the quality of life. We have many stakeholders interested in, and using, the outputs of our research. These include policy makers and society, business and industry.

Our links with business and industry include areas such as environmental technology, the water industry, energy and the insurance sectors. By working together NCAS provides scientific evidence to inform business strategy in a changing environment, contributes to wealth creation by developing new products or providing solutions in business and industry and contributes to avoiding costs through more effective forecasting of catastrophic weather events. 

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Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead.

The programme uses environmental science to investigate the physical processes involved in generating extreme events, so they can be better forecasted.

Climate change will probably bring more frequent and intense storms to the UK, in turn bringing more floods. At present, flood damage costs the UK about £1bn each year. So it's essential we improve our ability to forecast, quantify and manage flood risks, and mitigate the effects of climate variability and change, if we're to maintain a sustainable economy. Sound environmental science must underpin our efforts.