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Applications for SET for Britain 2014. Application deadline 20th December 2013.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Office was sent the following invitation (see below) from the House of Commons Parliamentary and Scientific Committee for applications from early career researchers wishing to take part in the SET for Britain poster exhibition in March 2014. The definition of early career researchers  for this competition is extended to include postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows and newly-appointed lecturers. The closing date for applications is 20th December 2013. SET for Britain has been running since 2009.  There have been previous Cambridge medal winners within the three categories of: Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Science and Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics). For 2014, a further fourth category of  Mathematics has been included.

Application details are listed below. We would be very grateful if departments could notify the Research Strategy Office ( ) and/or the Office of External Affairs and Communications (Stephen Davison, Political Affairs Adviser,  if any of your early career researchers are invited to take part in this event.




From Andrew Miller MP

Chairman, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee


SET for BRITAIN 2014

Monday, 17th March 2014


Dear Members,

I am writing on behalf of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee to alert you to a major scientific competition and exhibition in Parliament and ask you to encourage eligible candidates in your organisation to take part.  SET for BRITAIN will be held in the House of Commons on Monday, 17th March 2014 between 12.15pm and 9.15pm during National Science and Engineering Week 2014.

The day will be divided into four subject categories over three sessions.   Applications are invited from early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists who wish to exhibit posters in one of the following areas:



Biological and Biomedical Science

                                       Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)


A wide range of important scientific and engineering institutions are lending their support to this event, including the Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Physiological Society, the Council for Mathematical Sciences and the Clay Mathematics Institute.  This reflects the importance we all attach to the encouragement of researchers at this stage in their careers. We are also very pleased to have sponsorship for the event from BP, INEOS, ESSAR, Germains Seed Technology and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Medals and cash prizes will be awarded for the best scientific posters presented in each discipline, and the presenter of the poster judged to be the overall winner will receive the Westminster Medal, in memory of the late Dr Eric Wharton, who did so much to establish SET for BRITAIN as a regular event in the Parliamentary calendar.  Full details of the competition and exhibition including the application form can be found on the SET for BRITAIN website at:  I very much hope that you will encourage your early-career SET colleagues to enter.

With Best Wishes


am-sig.jpg                                          Andrew Miller MP





Applications are invited from early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who wish to exhibit posters.

Applicants should prepare material aimed at communicating high level science to a lay audience.

Early-stage researchers include university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time students and their equivalents in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, etc, and appropriate MSc students, all of whom are engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research and are achieving results.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 20th December 2013. There will be an initial selection by the judges and you will be informed by the end of January 2014 whether or not your application to take part in the exhibition has been successful.

Full details of the competition and how to apply can be found on the SET FOR BRITAIN website at:

Posted on 05/12/2013

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