Applications are now open for SET For Britain 2013, an annual poster competition that helps raise the profile of science and engineering within the Houses of Parliament. The competition is open to early career researchers, with cash prizes awarded for posters that best communicate high level science to a lay audience.
The closing date to upload an abstract is 24th December 2012. Those selected by the judges to go forward to the exhibition will be informed by the end of January 2013, and finalists will have the opportunity to present their research at the House of Commons on 18 March 2013.
What should I include in my application?
The abstract should be no longer than 1 side of A4. It should indicate the research problem being investigated, why and how it is being investigated (e.g. the techniques being used), the results being obtained and the conclusions reached. Posters are not required at the time of application; they should only be produced once you’ve been notified that your abstract was successful. There can be a maximum of two authors per poster, but only one of them may present the poster on the day (both authors can attend).
The judging panel will take account of the following criteria, so please bear this in mind when developing your abstract:
- Is the submission well written and could it be understood, preferably on first reading, by a lay audience?
- Did the abstract have a good introduction and did it make clear the contribution of the candidate?
- How long has the person been working on the project?
- Is the project at too early a stage for submission to SET for Britain?
- How novel and/or important is this work?
- How difficult and/or complex is the project?
The exhibition is divided into three discipline areas:
- Biological and Biomedical Science
- Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
All of the following are eligible to submit an abstract: people engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research who are university research students/postgraduates, appropriate MSc students, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time and “mature” students, and those who are embarking on a second career. It is also open to people with an equivalent position in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, and companies. Applicants do not have to be British nationals, but they must be conducting research in the UK.
Further information, including the abstract form, can be found at the SET for Britain website.