Welcome to STEM for BRITAIN
(formerly SET for BRITAIN)


The overall aim of STEM for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are an essential part of continuing progress in and development of UK research and R&D.

The SET for BRITAIN series of poster competitions and exhibitions in the House of Commons which started in 1997 came to an abrupt halt with the untimely death in 2007 of its inspirational originator and organiser, Dr Eric Wharton.

In late 2008, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee assisted by Mrs Sue Wharton joined together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Biology to revive the SET for BRITAIN (now STEM for BRITAIN) events which began again in 2009.

Mr Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the STEM for BRITAIN organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, will sponsor the event at the House of Commons during the 2019 British Science Week.

In order to encourage maximum participation by early-career researchers and Members of Parliament the competition is divided into five subject areas:

  • Biological and Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

There will be 2 poster exhibitions and judging sessions during the day, each ending with a reception and prize-giving. The competition currently attracts around 500 entrants, of whom approximately 35% are selected to present their work in Parliament.

STEM for BRITAIN Awards are made on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or early-career researcher together with their ability to communicate their work to a lay audience.

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