EuChemS President, David Cole-Hamilton has recently concluded a three day training period shadowing MEP Catherine Stihler, with whom EuChemS has already collaborated in the past, as part of the MEP-Scientist pairing scheme. The scheme, which is run by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) group of the European Parliament, aims to allow MEPs to know more about scientists and how they may help in Parliamentary business as well as to allow scientists to become more aware of what MEPs do.
It was a real eye opener for me
“It was a real eye opener for me” says David Cole-Hamilton “Catherine works at an incredible pace rushing from meeting to meeting on all different kinds of topics”.
Prof. Cole Hamilton also used the opportunity of being in Brussels to meet with MEP Linda McAvan, who is campaigning for better prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning, and with MEP Patricija Šulin for a discussion about standardising the limits of intoxicating substances in the blood of vehicle drivers across the EU.