Iain Stewart MP has met local scientist Rhian Chapman at Stem for Britain, a poster competition in the House of Commons involving more than 200 early stage or early career researchers organised by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.
Rhian Chapman, from the School of Physical Studies at the Open University, was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament and her poster on research about the Climate of Mars: Modelling, Observations and Predictions was judged by professional and academic experts against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is a great opportunity to meet them and learn about their work,” Iain said.
“I enjoyed meeting Rhian Chapman today and found her work fascinating. I wish her every success in the future.”
Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and Science & Technology Committee (Commons) added that the event “is a two-way process designed to strengthen the dialogue between Parliament and the science and engineering community. Many colleagues in the House of Commons will meet researchers who live and work in their constituencies and will forge links and cultivate their contact in the future.
“I hope they will be invited to visit laboratories or companies to see research at first hand. I also hope that researchers can increase their awareness of how Parliament deals with science and STEM issues and learn about the political process.
“Perhaps in future years some will return as Members of Parliament themselves. Both Parliament and Government benefit from having scientific expertise within their ranks.”