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York Chemist takes her research to Parliament

Posted on 24 March 2014

An early career Chemist from the University of York attended Parliament to present her science to politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of SET for Britain.

Christiana Kitsiou, 24, is researching the design of novel chemical reactions to produce libraries of valuable compounds for use in the discovery of new medicines, entered a poster into the Chemistry session.

The annual competition, which is open to early stage or early career researchers, is run by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in collaboration with the Council for the 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.

Andrew Miller MP, Chair 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 SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

The national event receives 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.