Hundreds of early career researchers descend on Parliament

13 March 2014

For the largest national event of its kind, 210 early career scientists, engineers and mathematicians will arrive in Parliament on Monday 17 March to compete for the coveted Westminster Medal while exhibiting their groundbreaking research to politicians during SET for Britain 2014.

From the mathematics of swarming locusts and the physics of forming stars to a gene therapy being designed for treatment of a blistering skin disease, these early career researchers have been shortlisted to showcase the best of the UK.

As Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and the event’s parliamentary host, said, “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs and Peers an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers. 

“These early career engineers, mathematician and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

All of the exhibitors are entered into competition with researchers from their discipline – be it biology, chemistry, engineering, maths or physics – for a bronze (£1,000), silver (£2,000) and gold (£3,000) prize and certificate.

At the end of the exhibition, the gold winner from each discipline will explain their research to a panel of judges to convince them that their research, and their ability to convey it, leaves them deserving the over-arching Westminster Medal.

The finale’s judging panel will comprise of Andrew Miller MP, the BBC Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh and Professor Michael Elves BSc (Hons), LL.B(Hons), PhD, D.Sc, D.Sc(Hon), FRC Path, FIBiol, FRSA, FZS.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Essar, INEOS, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Germains Seed Technology, Boeing, the Bank of England and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

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