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Early career researchers – take your research to Westminister

SET for BRITAIN Poster Competition 2016 – now open

Applications are invited from early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who wish to exhibit at the SET for BRITAIN poster competition.

Awards are made on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-career researcher (MSc/PhD/Post Doc or similar, either in academia or industry) together with their ability to communicate their work to a lay audience.

SET for BRITAIN exists to raise the profile of Britain’s early-stage researchers at Westminster by engaging Members of both Houses of Parliament with current science, engineering and mathematics research being undertaken in the UK, especially that by their local constituents and in their local University.

The competition is divided into five subject areas:

  • Biological and Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

There are 3 poster exhibitions and judging sessions during the day, each ending with a reception and prize-giving. The competition currently attracts around 500 entrants, of whom approximately 35% are selected to present their work in Parliament.

Previous winners – Last year’s Gold Award winner in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, was Dean Lomax, from the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester. Take a look all the 2015 winning posters.

Applications for submission close 21 December 2015 – You will need to submit (i) the online application, (ii) an abstract of the poster in PDF and (iii) a letter of reference from a senior colleague in PDF. (Application is solely by electronic submission.)

For full application, eligibility, and competition details see: http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/index2016.asp

Take chemistry to Parliament

If you’re a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) member with or currently working towards your PhD, you can apply to get directly involved in communicating science for and to parliamentarians through the RSC Westminster Fellowship scheme.

Two successful applicants will spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), an office of the two Houses of Parliament that provides balanced and objective analysis of science and technology issues, where they will:

  • Brief MPs on science and technology issues
  • Aid scientific research into public policy areas
  • Help raise public awareness.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2014 and candidates should be available to start between October 2014 and May 2015. Each successful fellow will be funded by a £5,000 bursary from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Find out more and download an application form here – www.rsc.org/science-activities/parliament/westminster-fellowship-scheme/index.asp

You can also read about the Westminster Fellowship and hear from past fellows in the latest issue of RSC News (pages 10-11). Download the digital edition here – www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/RSCnews/