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NPL scientist selected to present her research to Parliament

Sarah Taylor, a research scientist at the NPL, is attending Parliament to present her physics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Wednesday 13th 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).

Sarah’s poster on research about ‘Modelling the Moon for satellite calibration to underpin climate change’ will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Sarah was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to present their research to Parliament, she said:

“I am delighted to have been selected to take part in the STEM for Britain competition and have the opportunity to discuss my research directly with scientific leaders as well as policy makers.

“The research I am presenting to Westminster is a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project to produce a model of lunar irradiance, with uncertainty of less than 2%. This will be used to recalibrate and monitor stability of earth observation satellites once in orbit with a higher degree of accuracy than previous models can provide.

“As an early career scientist, it has been very exciting to be part of this project which could ultimately lead to increasing confidence in our climate data and our ability to model global climate trends. To be able to discuss this with parliamentarians at this crucial time when climate change is at the forefront of social and political discussion is a fantastic opportunity.”

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.”

Sarah’s research has been entered into the physics session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medallist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 respectively.

Find out more about STEM for BRITAIN and NPL's career opportunities.

13 Mar 2019