Welcome to STEM for BRITAIN
(formerly SET for BRITAIN)

STEM for Britain 2020 will take place in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 9th March during British Science Week.

Applications opened on Monday 23rd September 2019 to early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who wish to exhibit posters in one of the following five areas:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
Applications for the 2020 event are now closed.

There will be two poster exhibition and judging sessions during the day, each ending with a reception and prize-giving. The competition attracts over 500 entrants, of whom approximately one third are selected to present their work in Parliament.

This prestigious annual event, which is attended by a significant number of Members of Parliament and Peers, is sponsored by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.


Prizes will be awarded for the posters presented in each discipline which best communicate high level science, engineering or mathematics to a lay audience.

Westminster Medal: L-R: Nick Bourne, SCI London Group Member (Westminster Medal Supporter), Inna Baigozina-Goreli, SCI Trustee, (Westminster Medal Supporter), Sophie Morse (Westminster Medal Winner), Sue Wharton (STEM for Britain), Dr Stephen Benn (Vice President, Parliamentary & Scientific Committee)

The Westminster Medal for the overall winner will be awarded in memory of the late Dr Eric Wharton, who did so much to establish SET for Britain as a regular event in the Parliamentary calendar from 1997.

In 2009, two years after Dr Wharton's untimely death, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, together with Mrs Sue Wharton, revived the competition which has become known as STEM for Britain.

A wide range of important scientific, engineering and mathematics institutions and organisations are lending their support to this event, including the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Clay Mathematics Institute, the Nutrition Society, the Heilbronn Institute, the Institute of Physics, Warwick Manufacturing Group, United Kingdom Research and Innovation, the Biochemical Society, and the Society of Chemical Industry.

This reflects the importance we all attach to the encouragement of the UK's researchers at this stage in their careers.

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair, Parliamentary & Scientific Committee welcomes all to STEM 2019

Stephen Metcalfe MP will be writing to Universities in September to encourage the promotion of the event.

From 23rd September full details of the competition and exhibition including the application form will appear on the STEM for Britain website at: www.stemforbritain.org.uk

Engineering Biosciences Exhibition Maths/Physical Sciences Exhibition