March 10, 2017, by International students
Kamaljit takes his research to Parliament
Kamaljit Moirangthem, a PhD researcher at The University of Nottingham, hailing from Imphal, India, is attending the UK Parliament on Monday 13 March to present his bioscience research to a range of politicians and a panel of academics, as part of STEM for BRITAIN, a poster competition for early career researchers run by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in partnership with several of the UK’s learned societies for the sciences.
Kamaljit’s poster is on his research into developing new varieties of wheat that can provide more grains for food as well as straw suitable making biofuels and bioplastics. It will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
Kamaljit, and other finalists, were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament. On presenting his research in Parliament, Kamaljit said:
“I believe that science does not stop with research. It also needs to be communicated and disseminated so that everyone can understand and benefit from it, especially policy makers in making evidence based policies. Science policy determines how research and its impacts are regulated. With Brexit, these interactions are even more important, in order to restructure the research landscape and maintain the UK’s position as a global leader in biosciences.”
Stephen Metcalfe 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 STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”
Kamaljit’s research has been entered into the biosciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony. The gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.