CDT student Katy Pellow takes her research to Parliament
23 February 2017
Katy is attending Parliament to present her chemistry research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March 2017
STEM for BRITAIN is a poster competition in the House of Commons judged by professional and academic experts. Katy Pellow (2013 Cohort) was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament to present her research on “developing a method to produce advanced biofuels that can be used as a more sustainable, greener alternative to petrol”.
She said: "I applied to take part in the STEM for BRITAIN competition as I saw it as an excellent opportunity to discuss my research with members of parliament as well as to engage with other early-stage STEM researchers. I’m hoping to convey the importance of my research, and will enjoy this unique opportunity to represent the wider scientific community to MPs.”
Katy’s research has been entered into the chemistry session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony. This is the only national competition of its kind and Katy's poster will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research.
Stephen Metcalfe 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 engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”
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 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.