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Chemistry comes out on top at SET for Britain 2014

Derek Heywood and Maria Jose Marin Altaba

21 Mar 2014

SET for Britain was founded by the late Dr Eric Wharton DSc in 1997 to act as vehicle for early career scientists to engage with parliamentarians and provide a platform to showcase their work in the form of a poster competition. SET stands for Science, Engineering and Technology.

The most recent SET for Britain event took place at the House of Lords on 17 March 2014, sponsored by Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

The topics of posters were wide-ranging and split into three distinct categories: Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Each category had a select panel of judges, whose task it was to pick a winner.

Once the each category winner was known; a super panel was assembled to quiz the presenters on their entries. An overall winner was then chosen to receive the Westminster Medal, given in honour of Dr Wharton.

SET for Britain 2014This year the Westminster Medal was awarded to Dr Maria Jose Marin Altaba, a researcher at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of East Anglia, and originally from Castellón de la Plana, Spain.

Derek Heywood, SCI Board of Trustees member and committee member for the Liverpool and North West regional group, (pictured fifth from left) presented the medal. Dr Marin Altaba won the Gold Award in the Chemistry category, for her poster entitled: 'Quick and Simple Diagnostic Flu Test using Gold and Sugars.'

The London Regional Group supports SET for Britain by providing funding for the Westminster Medal in honour of Dr Wharton, who served as the Group's Chairman and was an active committee member until his death in 2007.

For more information about SET for Britain and the other award winners see below.

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