Take your research to STEM for Britain at the UK Parliament, deadline 27 November
27 October 2023
Public Engagement - awards
STEM for BRITAIN is a poster competition for early-stage researchers which is held in the Houses of Parliament. Applications are invited in five subject categories: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Physics, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Chemistry. Cash prizes are awarded.
STEM for BRITAIN is a poster competition for early-stage researchers which is held in the Houses of Parliament. Applications are invited in five subject categories: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Physics, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Chemistry. Finalists will be invited to an event in the Houses of Parliament where they will present their poster to Parliamentarians and the subject judges.
'Early career' here spans DPhils upwards, and including postdocs, research fellows and so on. Age is not relevant but please check eligibility.
The general objectives are as follows:
- Presenting and discussing “ground-breaking” and frontier UK research and R&D to Members of both Houses of Parliament at Westminster
- Fostering greater dialogue and engagement between early-stage researchers and Members both in Westminster and in their Constituencies
- Encouraging personal interaction between all researchers
- Competing nationally for a prestigious Medal and Prize for the best poster i.e. the best research work
- Raising the profile of Britain’s early-stage researchers at Parliament and elsewhere
- Contributing to various national initiatives e.g. the UK’s British Science Week
- Many researchers also gain an awareness of the challenges and excitement in other areas of research, possibly resulting in collaborative projects. They receive a brief introduction to Parliament and can discover also how Parliament deals with science, engineering, medicine, technology and mathematics.
Prizes will be awarded in each subject category to the individuals who, alongside presenting excellent science and engineering, communicate their research in a clear and engaging manner:
Gold – £1000
Silver – £750
All gold medal winners will also be judged for the Westminster Medal, awarded for the most excellent science communication. A range of other awards are open to finalists.
This is a fantastic opportunity to practice and hone your communication skills targeted to interested non-specialists.
Deadline for applications is 27 November 2023.
The finals of the competition will take place in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 4 March 2024.
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