The annual STEM for BRITAIN awards took place on 13th March, with the aim of encouraging, supporting and promoting Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. They also present an opportunity for presenting frontier UK research and R&D to MPs at Westminster.
Kristian Kiradjiev, DPhil student at the Mathematical Institute, won the Gold Medal in the Mathematical Sciences category of the competition, and received £2000. Kristian’s presntation covered his research into the mathematical modelling of flue-gas purification and the removal of toxic chemicals from the gas.
Four other MPLS researchers, including a further two from Maths, were shortlisted to take part from hundreds of applicants across the UK:
Liam Brown (Researcher at the Mathematical Institute) presenting on computational models of cancer immunotherapy.
Tom Crawford (Researcher at the Mathematical Institute) presenting on the spread of pollution in the ocean.
Isabel Wilkinson (DPhil student in Chemistry) presenting on research about drug targets for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Bárbara Souza (DPhil student in Engineering Science) presenting on research about the uses of metal-organic frameworks as drug delivery systems and their integration into polymeric nanofibers for the fabrication of multifunctional wound dressings applied to the active treatment of skin cancer and other chronic skin diseases.
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.'
The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee provides a liaison between Parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world. It runs the event in collaboration with 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.