Daniel Zeichner MP met Cambridge-based science, engineering and maths researchers at STEM for BRITAIN, a poster competition in the House of Commons involving over 200 early stage or early career researchers organised by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.
The event involved a shortlist of hundreds of applicants. The shortlisted candidates produced posters on their research which were judged by professional and academic experts against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are at the cutting edge of the UK’s academic and economic future. Cambridge is a global hub for STEM research and it was a great opportunity to speak to so many successful Cambridge researchers and learn about their work.”
Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and Science & Technology Committee (Commons) added: “Today’s event is a two-way process designed to strengthen the dialogue between Parliament and the science and engineering community. Many colleagues in the House of Commons will meet researchers who live and work in their constituencies and will forge links and cultivate their contact in the future.
“I hope they will be invited to visit laboratories or companies to see research at first hand. I also hope that researchers can increase their awareness of how Parliament deals with science and STEM issues and learn about the political process. Perhaps in future years some will return as Members of Parliament themselves. Both Parliament and Government benefit from having scientific expertise within their ranks.”