Nicola was proud to meet young scientists from Oxford West & Abingdon who had made it through to the SET for Britain final, which marks National Science and Engineering Week. The event aims to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians, who represent Britain’s future scientific and technological leaders. Unsurprisingly, given the strength of our local STEM ecosystem, there were more finalists from Oxford West & Abingdon than any other constituency in the UK.
During the day there were three 2-hour poster exhibition and judging sessions, ending with a reception and prize-giving. The competition was divided into five subject areas: biological and biomedical science, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. The Awards were made on the best of the very best research work by an early-stage or early-career researcher together with their ability to communicate their work to a lay audience. Nicola was particularly pleased to see a local success story as Dr Tessa Baker, a graduate from Oxford University, won the award for physics for her work in testing gravity with cosmology.
Nicola says: ‘I am always deeply impressed by the sheer breadth of depth of talent within our young scientific pool. This competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives politicians a rare opportunity to meet and chat to wide range of our country’s most gifted young researchers. These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of Britain’s future. I was particularly pleased to see so many Oxford graduates in attendance, which is of course not surprising given our world renowned reputation of our universities for science and innovation. Congratulations in particular to Dr Baker, who so richly deserves her gold award for physics.’