Photography credit to: John Deehan Photography and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee’s STEM for Britain event 2023 was held at Portcullis House, London, on 6 March and saw many early-career researchers present their posters to members of both Houses of Parliament.
Five categories are represented at the event, these being: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. Each category sees gold, silver and bronze medals awarded.
This year, the winner of the Westminster Medal, which is sponsored by SCI, will be selected from the five gold medal winners of the posters which communicates its science the best, and awarded at the inaugural SCI Awards Dinner on 10 May 2023 at the Palace of Westminster.
The event was well attended by the 17 organisation and society sponsors, council members and early career researchers presenting their posters.
Stephen Metcalfe MP introduced Steve Smith, Group Leader at Syngenta and David Bott, Head of Innovation at SCI, who represented SCI at the event alongside Amy Kolpin, Principal Scientist at Johnson Matthey.
Steve spoke of the importance of STEM and how fantastic it is to see the cross-disciplinary nature of the posters. He also acknowledged the contributions of Dr Eric Wharton and Sue Wharton – Dr Eric Wharton was an SCI London Group Chair and founder of STEM for Britain’s previous incarnation, SET for Britain. In a later session, David Bott encouraged the poster presenters to get involved in SCI’s early career activities.
Steve Smith, Syngenta. Photo credit: John Deehan Photography and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
The event closed with Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee and a member of SCI’s President’s Council commenting on the importance of science for the UK government. ‘In government there has been a huge increase in science funding [which is] recognition that it needs to be at the heart of the programme of the government,’ Clark said. He thanked all the exhibitors for sharing their expertise.
SCI looks forward to welcoming the Westminster Medal winner to the SCI Awards Dinner on 10 May 2023 at the Palace of Westminster, London.
Huge congratulations to all the winners. Photo credit: John Deehan Photography and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
The Gold Medal winners from each category:
Biological and Biomedical Sciences:
Devon Crouch – University of Liverpool: STOP THIEF! USING BIOMATERIALS TO TACKLE GLAUCOMA
Yogeshvaran Ramanthapuram Nagarajan – De Montfort University: A NOVEL DESIGN OF ARTIFICIAL LIMB FABRICATION USING RECYCLED COMPOSITES
Arkady Wey – University of Oxford: A MULTISCALE MATHEMATICAL MODEL FOR FILTRATION
Alex Gresty – University of Leeds, FOOD PACKAGING FROM NATURE: CELLULOSIC FILMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Beatrice Jones – University of Cambridge, LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DISCOVERY OF NOVEL ANTIBODY RECRUITING MOLECULES AGAINST LOX-1
SCI would like to congratulate all those who took part and were involved in making STEM for Britain 2023 such a success.