March 15, 2018, by jicke

Nottingham mathematician strikes Silver for Mathematical Sciences display in Parliament

Congratulations to Linda Irons, PhD researcher from the School of Mathematics who struck Silver at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her mathematical research, walking away with a £1,250 prize.

Linda presented her research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition STEM for BRITAIN. Her research, which focuses on mathematical modelling of cell adhesion in asthma, was judged against 29 other shortlisted researchers’ work and came out as one of the three winners.

Rewarding strong research

STEM for BRITAIN aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base and rewards some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.

Linda said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to present my research to a wider audience at STEM for Britain and thank the organisers, judges and sponsors for a brilliant event. The range and quality of work was impressive, and I’m thrilled to have been awarded a silver prize.”

Professor Nick Woodhouse, President of the Clay Mathematics Institute, supporters of the Silver Award said: ‘The inclusion of mathematics in STEM for BRITAIN recognises the vitality and strength of the discipline in the UK and the huge part that all branches of mathematics play in underpinning science and technology’.

Reaching a wider audience

‘Sir Adrian Smith, Chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences (CMS), said: ‘The CMS is delighted that the mathematical sciences have been involved in this prestigious event once again, it is wonderful to showcase the importance of the mathematical sciences to a wider audience. It is paramount to encourage early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians and the STEM for BRITAIN event is a very effective way of doing this. We have been encouraged by the enthusiastic response from early-career researchers in the mathematical sciences and feel sure this will this continue in the future’.

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary & 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’.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry; with financial support from UK Research and Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group, the Clay Mathematics Institute, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the Nutrition Society, the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Society of Chemical Industry.

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