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UCL researchers take their research to parliament

4 March 2015

Jason Hunt (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has been awarded the Bronze medal in Physics for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.


Jason's research, which focuses on constructing a global model of the Milky Way from the data returned by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, was judged against 29 other shortlisted researchers’ work.

Jason said, “There were a lot of excellent posters at this year’s event and I’m very proud to have been awarded the Bronze Medal. I would like to thank the organising committee and the sponsors for making this event possible and allowing me to bring my research to Parliament. With the recent launch of Gaia, we are now entering an exciting time for Galactic astronomy. I hope that my poster has shown people one of the many things that we can do with this data.”

Overall, 17 researchers from around UCL were shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s competition.

Run by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, with support from various institutions, SET for Britain aims to encourage, support and promote early-stage and early career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians from around the UK whilst fostering dialogue between researchers and MPs.

Split into five categories - biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, physics and mathematics, the competition offers prizes up to £3,000 for the posters which best communicate high level science to a lay audience. 

This year’s UCL entrants and their research poster topics include:

  • Dr Sabrina Brigadoi (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) on Real-time Imaging of Brain Oxygenation in the New-born Infant
  • Dr Thomas Dowrick (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) on Stroke Diagnosis and Imaging Using Electrical Impedance Tomography
  • Dr Pilar Garcia Souto (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) on Non-invasive Core temperature Measurement Method for Mass Screening Based on Infrared Images of the Body
  • Callum Gillies (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) on Quality Assurance of Proton beam Radiotherapy for NHS Cancer patients: evaluation of techniques and equipment for accurate relative dosimetry
  • Dr Charlotte Hagen (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) on X-ray phase contrast computed tomography: Exploiting improved soft tissue contrast in 3D for biomedical applications
  • Dr Thomas Hope (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL) on Predicting Language Outcome and Recovery After Stroke (PLORAS): from science to application
  • Jason Hunt (UCL Space & Climate Physics) on A PRIMAL View of our Galaxy, Made Possible by Gaia and M2M Modelling
  • Markus Jehl (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) on Modelling Challenges in Electrical Impedance Tomography
  • Andrei Luchici (UCL Mechanical Engineering) on Inter-cellular Forces Orchestrate Cell Repulsion
  • Edward Malina (UCL Space & Climate Physics) on Sniffing Biological Greenhouse Gases from Space
  • Dr Georgina Meakin (UCL Security & Crime Science) on Forensic DNA Transfer: your DNA goes where you have never been
  • Dr Spiros Mikroulis (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) on Cost and Energy Efficient In-building High-speed Wireless Distribution on Existing Fiber Infrastructure
  • Dr Wing Ng (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) on Storing Light Using Nano-bridges
  • Trupti Patel (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) on the Development of NEMS Resonators coupled to a Nanosquid
  • Sally Shaw (UCL Physics & Astronomy) on Seeing in the Dark: the hunt for dark matter with LUX
  • Rashed Sheikh (UCL Chemical Engineering) on Synthesis of Cementitious Compounds in Molten Salts and Potential for Large Scale Production
  • Adam Townsend (UCL Mathematics) on The Fluid Dynamics of Chocolate Fountains