Leeds researchers take their science to Parliament

Four researchers from the University are attending Parliament to present their work to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 18 March.

Leeds has exhibitors in all four sections of the event:

Thomas Lanyon-Hogg – biology
Jennifer Bain – chemistry
Shemaiah Weekes – engineering
Luis Garcia Carreras – physics

Their research posters will be judged against dozens of others in the only national competition of its kind.

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

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

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalists in each section receive £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with 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, Airbus/EADS, INEOS, AgChemAccess, Essar, the Institute of Biomedical Science, GAMBICA and WMG.

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