Exhibition of Posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians.


The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee’s STEM for BRITAIN 2021 took place ONLINE on Monday 8th March, during British Science Week

The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee’s STEM for BRITAIN 2021 took place ONLINE on Monday 8th March, during British Science Week


Applications were invited from early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians for the opportunity to exhibit in one of the five areas:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Chemistry

  • Engineering

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Physics

STEM for BRITAIN is a major scientific poster competition and exhibition which has been held in Parliament since 1997, and is organised by the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee. Chaired by Stephen Metcalfe MP, its aim is to give members of both Houses of Parliament an insight into the outstanding research work being undertaken in UK universities by early-career researchers.

Due to Covid-19, our 2021 event was held online and supported virtually by Parliamentarians, including those whose constituents were shortlisted to present their posters.

A wide range of important scientific, engineering and mathematics institutions and organisations leant their support to this event, including:

The Royal Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics, 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, 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 researchers at this stage in their careers.

Prizes were awarded for the posters presented in each discipline which best communicated high level science, engineering or mathematics to a lay audience.
The Westminster Medal for the overall winner was 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.
We hope to host, under our Chair, Stephen Metcalfe MP, an in-person ceremony in the Palace of Westminster toward the end of 2021, to which winners, supporters and Parliamentarians will be invited.


  • Using the eye as a window to the brain in multiple sclerosis
  • Radiotherapy can make cancer cells resistant to immune cell attack
  • Culturing neutrophils from stem cells to explore neutrophil cell biology and diseases
  • Characterisation and circuit analysis of postural adjustments in mice
  • Development of a non-invasive intracranial pressure (nicp) monitor for neurocritical care patients
  • Three-dimensional cancer risk score mapping with magnetic resonance imaging to improve early detection and individualised treatment planning for men with prostate cancer
  • Optimisation of screw anchor design for offshore floating wind, wave and tidal energy devices
  • Flexible airplanes? - achieving higher fuel efficiency by continuously adapting wing geometry
  • Leptoquarks at future colliders
  • 3d integration using wireless inductive links - can we make stacking silicon as easy as stacking lego?
  • Pet metallomics - using radioactivity to track essential trace metals in the body
  • Parameter inference and uncertainty quantification in the pulmonary circulation
  • Finding structures in the chaos of stratified turbulent flows
  • Quantum emergence of expanding spacetimes
  • Spheres or cubes - how do salt droplets dry?
  • Unravelling the microscopic details of ice formation and prevention in biological matter
  • Stable microporous materials for reversible capture of sulfur dioxide
  • Confining hydrogen: a low energy route to room temperature superconductivity
  • Making the most of interference: precision measurements of lasers using speckle