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Agnieszka Janeczek, CHDSCR PhD student, selected to present at SET for Britain!

Published: 18 March 2013

Agnieszka Janeczek, PhD student on the Integrated Stem Cells Pathway at the University of Southampton is attending Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 18 March.

Agnieszka's poster on research about nanoparticle drug delivery for bone regeneration will be judged against dozens of other scientists' research in the only national competition of its kind.

Agnieszka was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting her science in Parliament, she said, "I'm extremely happy to be given this opportunity to present my research not only to scientist from across the UK but also to politicians, and be able to share the views on research in this country".

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 scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians' best opportunity to meet them and understand their work."

Agnieszka's research has been entered into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

John Pierce, Chief Bioscientist at BP, sponsors of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Gold award, said, "BP has supported SET for Britain for several years now and we continue to be impressed by the ingenuity and dedication of the UK's young scientists.

"As a biologist, I am delighted that BP is sponsoring this particular award - traditionally, engineering, physics, geology and chemistry have been the backbones of energy production, but we are increasingly seeing how biology impacts that.

"As a major UK recruiter and investor in research and development, we believe that we need to nurture the best technical talent to meet the world's challenges."

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, INEOS, AgChemAccess, Essar, the Institute of Biomedical Science, GAMBICA and WMG.

More details, see the SET for Britain website.

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