Posted on 9 March 2012
Posters on research by PhD student Rosemary Wilson, 25, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr James Fox, 31, will be judged against research by dozens of other scientists in the only national competition of its kind.
SET for Britain is a unique opportunity to illustrate first-hand the breadth and depth of the science occurring in research institutes directly to the politicians that control the funding of our research
Dr James Fox
Rosemary Wilson, from the Department of Biology and Dr Fox, from the Centre for Immunology and Infection, were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament on Monday, 12 March.
Rosemary Wilson’s poster is on her research into the organisation of DNA and how this is different in cancer cells, while James Fox’s research is about clinical markers of disease progression and novel therapeutics to treat the retrovirus Human T Lymphotropic virus.
Dr Fox said: “SET for Britain is a unique opportunity to illustrate first-hand the breadth and depth of the science occurring in research institutes directly to the politicians that control the funding of our research.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to highlight my individual research on an often neglected virus. The virus can cause debilitating disease or blood cancers and I am very passionate about contributing towards its further understanding in the hope that this will lead to novel therapeutics to treat infected individuals and reduce the spread of the virus.”
Rosemary Wilson said: “It’s a great opportunity to tell people about my research and to try to make science more accessible to everyone. I’m also looking forward to meeting the other presenters and hearing other exciting science that is going on in the UK.”
Both the young scientists’ research has been entered into the Biology session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.
Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.
Andrew Miller 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 scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”
The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institute of Physics, the Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Physiological Society, the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, AgChem Access, Oxford Instruments, IBMS and GE Hitachi.