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Tamsin Bell takes her research to Parliament

last modified Mar 21, 2017 01:12 PM
STEM for Britain
Tamsin Bell takes her research to Parliament

Tamsin with Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge

Tamsin Bell, a PhD Student in this department, was selected to attend Parliament to present her 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 (formerly SET for BRITAIN) is a poster competition in the House of Commons and Tamsin’s poster on research about the development of catalysts for hydrogen production was judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Tamsin was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting her research in Parliament, she said, "Evidence based policy making is critical for a successful Britain and as such, a fluid dialogue between scientists and parliamentarians must be encouraged. The STEM for BRITAIN event provides early career researchers with direct exposure to politicians, providing an opportunity to initiate this dialogue. During the event I engaged policy makers with my research on hydrogen energy and discussed the broader aspects of Britain's future energy policy roadmap."

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 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, with financial 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.

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