Researcher takes silver for chemistry display in Parliament

Posted by er134 at Mar 20, 2014 09:55 AM |
SET for Britain award for Dr Adrian Boatwright from the University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 March 2014

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Dr Adrian Boatwright, 44, a researcher from the University of Leicester hailing from Nottingham has won a silver award at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of his chemistry research, walking away with a £2,000 prize.

Adrian presented chemistry research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition SET for Britain, on Monday 17 March.

His research into a new technique using quantum liquids to manufacture tiny super-strong magnets with potential uses in medicine was judged against 29 other shortlisted researchers’ work and came out on top.

Adrian said, “I’m very pleased to have won the silver award. I’ve had a really good day and thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the other competitors about their research. I’ve promised to shout the rest of my research group a lash-up lunch with some of my prize money for all their hard work. The rest I’ll spend on my son and daughter who are 12 and 8.”

SET for Britain aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base and rewards some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.

Professor Lesley Yellowlees, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “Scientific research and innovation are fundamental to the UK’s future and communicating the value of what scientists do is also fundamental. SET for Britain is a fantastic opportunity for talented young chemists to talk to our politicians and show them how their research has the potential to impact on our future. I’ve had a fantastic day hearing all about their exciting discoveries and I’m delighted to award Adrian with his silver award.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, 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, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Essar, INEOS, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Germains Seed Technology, Boeing, the Bank of England and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

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1.  Contact

For further information about the event, images, or interview opportunities, please contact Victoria Steven:

E-mail: stevenv@rsc.org

2.  SET for Britain

SET for Britain is a poster competition in the House of Commons - involving approximately 180 early stage or early career researchers - judged by professional and academic experts.  All presenters are entered into either the engineering, the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences (chemistry), or the physical sciences (physics) session, depending on their specialism.

Each session will result in the reward of Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates.  Bronze winners will receive a £1,000 prize; Silver, £2,000; and Gold, £3,000.  There will also be an overall winner from the four sessions who will receive the Westminster Wharton Medal.

SET for Britain was established by Dr Eric Wharton in 1997.  Following his untimely death in 2007, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, with support from The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institute of Physics, the Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Physiological Society and the Society of Chemical Industry are working together to further his legacy.

The event is made possible this year by the prize sponsors, who are BP, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Essar, INEOS, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Germains Seed Technology, Boeing, the Bank of England and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Early stage or early career researchers include university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time and mature students, returners, those people embarking on a second career, and their equivalent in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, and appropriate final year undergraduate and MSc students, all of whom are engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research.

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