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UCL Engineering researchers present their research to Parliament

18 March 2014

Early-career researchers from across UCL Engineering presented their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition.

UCL Engineering early career researchers present at SET for Britain

UCL Engineering early career researchers present at SET for Britain

Run by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, with support from various institutions, SET for Britain aims to encourage, support and promote early career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians from around the UK whilst fostering dialogue between researchers and MPs.

Split into five categories – engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics, the competition offers prizes up to £3,000 for the posters which best communicate high level science to a lay audience.

The overall winner of the competition was awarded the Westminster Wharton Medal – established in memory of SET for Britain founder, Dr Eric Wharton.

Andrew Miller 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 SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

This year, UCL early-career researchers submitted 6 posters in the Engineering category, including:

  • Isabel Christie, a PhD student from UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering, on optogenetics and brain imaging.
  • Mr Ajmal Gharib, a continuing research candidate in UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering, on the prediction of electromagnetic inference coupling in ship design.
  • Dr Paul Hellier (UCL Mechanical Engineering) on the design of advanced biofuels.
  • Dr Simon Kuhn (UCL Chemical Engineering) on the scaling-up of microchemical reactors for the sustainable manufacture of chemicals.
  • Mr Dimitrios Tsaoulidis, a PhD student from UCL Chemical Engineering on green solvents for more efficient nuclear fuel processing
  • Ms Simrn Kaur Gill, a PhD student from UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, on measuring the performance of STEM education in higher education
  • Josep Grau-Bové, a PhD candidate from UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, on the simulation of urban pollutants on indoor cultural heritage.

Dr Paul Hellier (UCL Mechanical Engineering), said:

“Presenting at the House of Commons was a very unusual and exciting opportunity, and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much some of the politicians I spoke to already knew about biofuels!”

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