Science student selected for SET For Britain

A science student from Hooe attended Parliament to present his work to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET For Britain.

Scott Hayes, 25, a PhD student at University of Bristol, was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants.

Scott’s poster on his research into how plants use colours and temperature to choose the best growth strategy was judged against dozens of other biologists’ research in this the only national competition of its kind.

On presenting his science in Parliament, he said, “This is a great chance for me to present cutting edge science to MPs right at the heart of Government. It also acts as the perfect opportunity for me to meet other young scientists from across a huge range of disciplines”

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 engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Scott’s research was entered into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session of the competition, which culminated in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist received £3,000, while silver and bronze received £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Dr Mark Downs, chief executive of the Society of Biology, said: “Scientists and politicians both have major roles in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from climate change to food security. SET for Britain is a rare opportunity for politicians to meet some of our most promising young scientists and understand their work. “It is important that MPs make policy decisions informed by evidence.”