photograph CBAV Scientists get SET for Britain

Dr Amy Reeve and Dr Julie Murphy took their research to the UK Parliament to compete in ‘SET for Britain’ - a prestigious national competition which recognises Britain’s most promising scientists.  Amy is researching brain cell loss in age related diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, while Julie is investigating the use of exercise as a therapy for patients with mitochondrial disease.

The SET for Britain competition is designed to support and promote British scientists, engineers and technologists in the early stages of their careers. Many will become Britain's leaders in science and technology, and their work is vital for our economy. The event took place on 12th March 2012 and was attended by several MPs including the MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah.

Young scientists presented posters about their research to MPs and expert judges at the House of Commons. There was a two-hour judging session for the Biological Sciences section in which 56 posters were on display, covering topics as diverse as treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy and disease in British birds.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee ran the event in collaboration with the Society of Biology, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institute of Physics, The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Physiological Society, the Wellcome Trust and the Society of Chemical Industry.

Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology, was extremely impressed by the quality of the science being presented, and commented:
 “Biosciences address some of the biggest challenges we face, from new medicines to food security. The breadth of work on display highlighted the enormous talent of young UK researchers, and it helped parliamentarians understand how science works and what the future might hold. The event also challenged biologists to make their work accessible and engage in policy issues.”
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 event received financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, AgChem Access, Oxford Instruments, IBMS and GE Hitachi. 

published on: 3rd April 2012