Essex scientists take their research to Parliament

  • Date

    Tue 14 Mar 17

Salma Alarefi with Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin

Two early-stage Essex scientists from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering presented their research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges at the House of Commons, as part of the STEM for BRITAIN event.

The annual poster competition involves more than 200 early stage or early career researchers presenting their work.

Researcher Ana Matran-Fernandez’s poster was on her work on improving hand control and giving sensory feedback to below-the-elbow amputees.

"Having the opportunity to present the DeTOP project to the judges and MPs was an enjoyable experience,” said Ana. ”Our work attracted a lot of attention from MPs and the public, which is what STEM for BRITAIN is about, so I'm happy I had the chance to present here."

Also presenting her research was PhD student Salma Alarefi, whose poster was on the detection of micro water leakages in residences. She said: "Having the honour to present my work at the House of Commons was a truly enjoyable event which emphasised and reinforced the importance of diversity and equality in education. I had a marvellous opportunity to discuss my research with MPs, academics and like-minded researchers, who in turn showed a great interest in my project and highlighted the positive contribution of my studies towards the future of management of the UK’s natural resources."

Stephen Metcalfe 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 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.”