SET for Britain Awards 2015 – Nanomaterials wins again

17 Mar 2015

The SET for Britain Awards were established in 1997 by Dr Eric Wharton DSc to encourage early career researchers to interact with their MPs and Parliament and to give them a platform to showcase their research work in Parliament in the form of a poster competition. SET stands for Science, Engineering and Technology.

The most recent SET for Britain Awards took place at the House of Commons on 9 March 2015, and was sponsored by Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the SET for Britain organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

The topics of the posters were wide-ranging and were split into three distinct categories; Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics) and Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Each category had a select panel of judges, who were tasked in choosing the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for their categories.

Once the Gold for each category 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.

This year, the Westminster Medal was awarded to Physics Gold winner, Robert Woodward (above right) from Imperial College London, for his poster entitled 'Exploiting Nanomaterials for Ultrafast Photonics'. Julian Perfect, SCI London Group Secretary, presented the medal (pictured second from right below). This is the second time in two years that a poster on the subject of nanomaterials has won the Westminster Medal – in 2013, Valeska Ting won the award for her poster, entitled 'Pushing hydrogen to the limit: engineering nanomaterial systems for storage of solid-like hydrogen'.

SET ceremony 2015

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 the other SET for Britain award winners, please see below:

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Gold Dean Lomax, University of Manchester
'A New Species Of Ichythyosaurus from the Lower  Jurassic of West Dorset, England'
Silver Kinda Al-Hourani, University of Oxford
'Activins and Antiviral Immunity'

Sana Suri, University of Oxford
Poor Brain Health in Young People at a Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's Disease'

Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)

Gold Dr Yuval Elani, Imperial College London
'Artificial Cells are Micromachines: The Next Generation of Drug Delivery Vehicles'
Silver Natalie Thedoulou, GlaxoSmithKline
'The Development of I-BRD9: A Selective, Cell Active Chemical Probe for Bromodomain Containing Protein 9'
Bronze Ryan Gorman, University of York
Copper-Catalysed C-H Activation: A Sustainable, Efficient And Inexpensive Way To Prepare Medicinally Important Structures'

Robert Woodward,  Imperial College London
 Exploiting Nanomaterials for Ultrafast Photonics.

Silver Elena Andra Muntean, Queens University Belfast
'Dust and Ice: The Birthplace of New Molecules in Interstellar Space'
Bronze Jason Hunt, UCL
'A Primal View of our Galaxy, Made Possible by Gaia and M2M Modelling'


Gold Nasrin Al Nasiri, Imperial College London
'Environmental Barrier Coating for SI-Based Ceramic Composites'
Silver Davide Zilli, University of Southampton
'See What You Cannot Hear: Searching for the Vanishing New Forest Cicada'
Bronze Agnieszka Dzielendziak, University of Southampton
'Durability of Sustainable Composites in Ship Design for Enhanced Environmental Performance: A Multiscale Approach'


Gold Peter Buchak, Imperial College London
'Lighting the Path: The Mathematics Of Imaginary Numbers in Very Real Problems of Holey Optical Fibre Fabrication'
Silver Dr Lorna Ayton, University of Cambridge
'Reducing the Sound Generated by Aeroengines'
Bronze Miho Janvier, University of Dundee
'Statistical Studies of Solar Storm Geometry for Better Space Weather Conditions'

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