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NPL takes its science to Parliament

Three NPL scientists are taking their research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain at the House of Commons on Monday 18 March.

Houses of Parliament (image courtesy of iStockphoto)
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Laurie Winkless, Steven King and Christian Baker will be judged against dozens of other researchers in the only national competition of its kind. They were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

Laurie Winkless, Higher Research Scientist in NPL's Functional Materials Group, is presenting a poster about energy harvesting entitled 'Raiders of the Lost Amp'.

Steven King, Higher Research Scientist in the Time and Frequency Group, outlines 'The Future of Time'.

Whilst Christian Baker, Research Scientist in NPL's Acoustics Group, presents his research 'Improved Ultrasound of Breasts for Cancer Screening'.

On presenting science in Parliament, Kamal Hossain, NPL's Director of Research and International, said: "It is fantastic that three of NPL's early career researchers have been selected to present their research in such diverse topics as time, energy harvesting and acoustics, at such a prestigious event. It proves that NPL is punching above its weight in terms of research and the impact that it is having on the UK economy and quality of life."

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 scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians' best opportunity to meet them and understand their work."

All three of NPL's researchers have been entered into the Physics section of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medallist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze medalists receive £2,000 and £1,000, respectively.

Tom Crotty, Director of INEOS Group AG, sponsors of the Gold Medal in the Physics Section, said: "It is crucial that there continues to be investment in skills to provide the next generation of engineers and scientists, particularly as the age profile of highly skilled engineers continues to increase.

"For manufacturing to thrive, the UK needs a large and growing reserve of people with the knowledge and skills to deliver world-class manufacturing and research and development.

"We're delighted to support SET for Britain as an opportunity to celebrate the success of our early career scientists and we hope it will convince politicians to invest even greater effort to ensure the next generation of engineers and scientists come to the fore."

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, INEOS, AgChemAccess, Essar, the Institute of Biomedical Science, GAMBICA and WMG.

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Last Updated: 14 Mar 2013
Created: 13 Mar 2013