Doris-Ann, BIVDA Chair Helen Tucker and Ben spent the day in Parliament with young scientists and researchers exhibiting their latest research via posters to win the event’s prestigious awards. Doris-Ann attended in her capacity as Chair of the organising committee for STEM for Britain.
BIVDA had the honour of sponsoring the gold award in the Biological & Biomedical Sciences category, which was won by Devon J Crouch of the University of Liverpool and demonstrated the use of biomaterials to combat glaucoma.
Many MPs from all parties attended, including David Jones, Tulip Siddiq and Joanna Cherry, which demonstrates the enthusiasm for STEM innovations across the whole political spectrum.
Prizes were broken down by the various STEM fields with the results predicated upon the students’ ability to explain their complex work succinctly and accurately.
Hosts Viscount Stansgate and Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, acknowledged the immense talent in the room and noted that entry into the competition should be considered a superb achievement.
BIVDA Executive Board Chair, Helen Tucker, also gave an excellent speech in which she congratulated all of the assembled young scientists and engineers on their outstanding posters and implored them to continue pursuing their lofty ambitions.
The event was a timely reminder that not only does the future of UK science look incredibly bright, but Parliamentarians remain keenly invested in the success and promotion of STEM education throughout our nation.