Keele scientist takes her research to Parliament


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Posted on 08 March 2013
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.”

Amy Judd, 25, a PhD student at Keele University, is attending Parliament to present her scientific research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 18th March.

Amy’s poster on research about nanomaterials for the prevention or treatment of infectious diseases will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Amy was one of sixty scientists shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting her science in Parliament, she said, “It is a great opportunity to present and discuss my research to a wider audience including other early stage career scientists. SET for Britain is an excellent platform for scientists and politicians to discuss novel scientific research that is being conducted within universities across the country.”

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.”

Amy’s research has been entered into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medallist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

John Pierce, Chief Bioscientist at BP, sponsors of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Gold award, said, “BP has supported SET for Britain for several years now and we continue to be impressed by the ingenuity and dedication of the UK’s young scientists.

“As a biologist, I am delighted that BP is sponsoring this particular award - traditionally, engineering, physics, geology and chemistry have been the backbones of energy production, but we are increasingly seeing how biology impacts that.”

“As a major UK recruiter and investor in research and development, we believe that we need to nurture the best technical talent to meet the world’s challenges.”

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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For further information about the event, images, or interview opportunities, please contact Joe Winters:

Tel: 020 7470 4815

Mob: 07946 321473

E-mail: joseph.winters@iop.org


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