Monday, 3 December 2012

SET for BRITAIN 2013 - a major scientific competition

Dear Colleague, I am writing on behalf of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee to alert you to a major scientific competition and exhibition in Parliament and ask you to encourage eligible candidates in your constituency to take part. SET for BRITAIN will be held in the House of Commons on Monday 18 March 2013 between 12.30pm and 9.00pm during National Science and Engineering Week 2013.

The day will be divided into three sessions. Applications are invited from early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who wish to exhibit posters in one of the following three areas:
  • Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
  • Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Science
A wide range of important scientific and engineering institutions are lending their support to this event, including the Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry and The Physiological Society. This reflects the importance we all attach to the encouragement of researchers at this stage in their careers.

Medals and cash prizes will be awarded for the best scientific posters presented in each discipline, and the presenter of the poster judged to be the overall winner will receive the Westminster Medal, in memory of the late Dr Eric Wharton, who did so much to establish SET for BRITAIN as a regular event in the Parliamentary calendar. Full details of the competition and exhibition including the application form can be found on the SET for BRITAIN website at: www.SETforBRITAIN.org.uk. I very much hope that you will encourage your early-career SET colleagues to enter.

With Best Wishes

Andrew Miller MP

NOTE FOR THOSE APPLYING

Applications are invited from early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who wish to exhibit posters.

Applicants should prepare material aimed at communicating high level science to a lay audience.

Early-stage researchers include university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time students and their equivalents in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, etc, and appropriate MSc students, all of whom are engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research and are achieving results.

The closing date for entries is Monday, 24 December 2012. There will be an initial selection by the judges and you will be informed by the end of January 2013 whether or not your application to take part in the exhibition has been successful.

Full details of the competition and how to apply can be found on the SET FOR BRITAIN website at: www.SETforBRITAIN.org.uk.