Andrew Gwynne MP has met local scientists and constituents, Dr Paul McNaughter, from the University of Manchester, and Jane Wood, PHD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, at STEM for BRITAIN, a poster competition in the House of Commons involving over 200 early stage or early career researchers organised by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.
Paul and Jane were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament where their respective research posters was judged by professional and academic experts against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
Dr Paul McNaughter from Stockport, presented his research on nanocrystalline materials used in the development of the next generation of solar panels through the use of “simple” chemistry.
PHD student Jane Wood, from Audenshaw has developed a material that can be used as a fabric from bacteria grown in a lab.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is a great opportunity to meet them and learn about their work.
“I enjoyed meeting both Paul and Jane and found their work fascinating. I wish them both every success in the future.”
Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and Science & Technology Committee (Commons) said:
“Today’s event is a two-way process designed to strengthen the dialogue between Parliament and the science and engineering community. Many colleagues in the House of Commons will meet researchers who live and work in their constituencies and will forge links and cultivate their contact in the future.
STEM for BRITAIN (formerly SET for BRITAIN but now renamed to reflect the importance of its mathematical element) was established by Dr Eric Wharton in 1997. Following his untimely death in 2007, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, is working to further his legacy.
The event is made possible this year with support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, Research Councils UK, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, Institute of Biomedical Science and the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research.
The competition is open to early stage or early career researchers, which includes university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time and mature students, returners, those people embarking on a second career, and their equivalent in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, and appropriate final year undergraduate and MSc students, all of whom are engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research.