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NPL scientists present their research at Parliament

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Three NPL scientists have been selected from hundreds of applicants to present their research to politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN, today (12 March).

First established in 1997, STEM for BRITAIN is a poster competition in the House of Commons, which involves approximately 180 early stage or early career researchers – judged by professional and academic experts across the research areas of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Michael Woodley, Emily Webster, and Ainsley Miller from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to present their research to Parliament.

Michael Woodley, a Research Engineer from NPL and Heriot-Watt University, will present his physics research poster about microresonators as an enabling technology. On presenting his research in Parliament, he said:

"One of the reasons I applied to STEM for Britain was because I wanted an opportunity to talk to an audience that perhaps isn't yet aware of this field of research. I hope that it will allow me to raise awareness and to learn more about what researchers in completely different fields have been working on."

Emily Webster, a Research Scientist at NPL, attending Parliament to present her physics research about the redefinition of the kilogram, said:

"STEM for BRITAIN provides a valuable platform to raise the profile of NPL's groundbreaking work in the field of measurement science with Members of Parliament. On an individual level, I was delighted to be selected to present my work, and see this as an excellent opportunity for professional development."

Ainsley Miller, a Research Scientist at NPL and Strathclyde University, will present her maths research about using the temperature to make robot sensors better at measuring, inspecting and positioning objects. On being shortlisted to present her work at Parliament, she said:

"For many people, maths is a subject they find boring and difficult, but research on robots is a hot topic within manufacturing, and will be of interest to many. I hope it will encourage more young people to pursue maths and would also be great to see more young women having an active role in a STEM subject."

All three NPL scientists will have their research entered into a competition relevant to their categories of physics and maths, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 respectively. There will also be an overall winner from the four sessions who will receive the Westminster Wharton Medal.

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Last Updated: 20 Mar 2018
Created: 12 Mar 2018


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