STEM for Britain 2017

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LCN researcher, Dr Jennifer Brookes, was honored again this year to be a Member of the Physics Judging panel for the 2017 Poster competition and Exhibition held in the House of Commons on Monday 13th March.  She joined Dr Heather Williams, Prof. Klaus Suhling, Dr Elizabeth Cunningham and Dr Mark Telling (Chair).

The previously named SET for Britain for Science, Engineering and Technology has been converted to STEM to incorporate Mathematics, and is a fantastic opportunity for early career researchers in these fields to engage Members of the Houses of Parliament in their research. In addition to this the event provides extra support and encouragement to Britain’s early stage career researchers.

This year, as always, showcased a variety of exciting research avenues ranging from:  nanometrology, quantum sensors, solar cycle influences, radioactive waste disposal, biomedical imaging and understanding of the Higgs boson. 

The winners in the Physics this year were:

Gold: Ms Soraya Caixeiro, King’s College London , for “Biocompatible Random Lasing”  (left in phot) 
Silver: Dr Matthew Aldous, Univesity of Southampton, for “Enabling Techologies for Integrated Quantum Sensors” (right in photo)
Bronze: Ms Katherine Kendrick, University of Leeds, for “Protein-DNA Interactions Adapted to Temperature Extremes at the Single Molecule Level” (middle in photo)

With the overall winner across all categories, from Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Miss Lauren McNeill, Manchester Metropolitan University,  for “Origami Chips: Portable Paper devices for the Rapid and Cost-effective Detection of New Psychoactive Substances”.

Posters are judged based on excellence, novelty & importance of work, difficulty, complexity and the contribution of the early career scientist, and their ability to communicate and engage the public. All applicants produced a very high standard of work making this a very a special and inspiring occasion.  

Many congratulations to the winners and all those who took part!

Related links: 

LCN researchers chosen for SET for Britain 2016

STEM for Britain