Richhill scientist takes her research to Parliament

John Hooks


John Hooks


A Richhill PhD Researcher is attending Parliament to present her engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN next Wednesday.

Clare Burnett, a researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

Her poster on research about future blast resistance sandwich structures will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

On presenting her research in Parliament, she said, “I applied to STEM for BRITAIN as I am keen to promote the world of Engineering and the research being undertaken at Queen’s University Belfast. I am very excited to attend the competition in Parliament and hope to engage with fellow early stage researchers, politicians and academics alike.”

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.”

Clare’s research has been entered into the engineering 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, United Kingdom Research and Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, the Nutrition Society, Institute of Biomedical Science, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research and the Comino Foundation.

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