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Wolfson student takes research to Parliament

Published on:

24 February 2020


Ben Armitage, DPhil student at Wolfson College, is attending Parliament to present his findings to politicians and expert judges as part of STEM for BRITAIN 2020. 

Ben Armitage is a final year PhD student in the Department of Materials. His poster describing his research on utilising percolation theory to improve portable detectors for clandestine material, particularly explosives, will be judged against fellow scientists' research in the only national competition of its kind. Ben was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament. 

On presenting his research, Ben said "I'm proud to have been selected to present at STEM for BRITAIN. I didn't follow a traditional route to get to this point in my scientific career, and as I approach the end of my PhD, this opportunity feels like a nice way to epitomise 10 years of hard work. Maintaining dialogue between STEM researchers and parliamentarians is important, as is showcasing what can be achieved through international collaborative scientific effort. I hope to represent myself, my department and the university to the best of my ability. 

STEM for BRITAIN, which will take place at Portcullis House on Monday 9 March, is an opportunity for the UK's brightest and best early-career scientists to share their research with MPs. It is a poster competition involving approximately 180 early stage or early-career researchers, judged by professional and academic experts.