Space telescope researcher sets her sights on Parliament

Posted by pt91 at Mar 09, 2018 11:31 AM |
Leicester scientist will present the history and future of X-ray optics at STEM for BRITAIN

Issued by University of Leicester on 9 March 2018

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MPs will get an insight into the future of space-based telescopes when a University of Leicester scientist presents her work into x-ray optics.

Dr Charly Feldman, 33, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Leicester, originally from Harrow, London, is attending Parliament to present her physics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the STEM for BRITAIN competition on Monday 12 March. Charly is currently a research associate on two space missions - SVOM with Professor Julian Osborne and SMILE with Dr Steve Sembay.

Charly’s poster on research about space based X-ray optics will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. The poster presents a brief history of optics for large scale X-ray telescopes describing two of the current production techniques and suggesting possible future methods for development.

Charly was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting her research in Parliament, she said: “I wanted to promote the excellent work that we do at Leicester in X-ray optics and the importance of space research within the UK.”

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.”

Charly’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 medalist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 respectively.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, Research Councils UK, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, the Nutrition Society, Institute of Biomedical Science and the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research.

The University of Leicester’s leading role in space research and technologies will be represented at the GREAT Festival of Innovation from 21 - 24 March in Hong Kong, organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade. Space science researcher and aspiring astronaut Dr Suzie Imber will join representatives of the University in talking about some of the latest exciting developments to come from space science and space-enabled technologies. The GREAT Festival of Innovation will explore how innovation impacts the way we LIVE, WORK, PLAY and LEARN with an impressive line-up of thought leaders and entrepreneurs from business, education, culture, media and technology.


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