Date of release: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scientist heads for Parliament in national competitionParliament will be the stage for a Greenwich scientist's work after he reached the final stages of a national competition.

Bruno Lebon, a Research Fellow in the university's Computational Science & Engineering Group, is attending the House of Commons on Monday 9 March as part of the prestigious 'SET for Britain' poster competition.

This involves the work of more than 200 early stage or early career researchers, and posters are judged by professional and academic experts. Those attending have been shortlisted from hundreds of other young researchers to earn the right to be featured in Parliament,

Bruno explained that the aim of his research is to help to produce new sustainable types of metals which are also economical and pollution-free. "The metal industry is looking for new advanced technologies for sustainable manufacturing," he says. "The current treatment of liquid aluminum is expensive, energy-hungry and polluting. We are looking at an alternative, known as ultrasonic melt processing, that will eliminate at least two of these undesirable traits."

His work will be judged against dozens of other young researchers' posters in the only national competition of its kind. Bruno adds: "I'm really grateful to be able to communicate the bigger picture of my line of work. SET for Britain allows me to do just this in a prestigious venue and under the scrutiny of MPs and fellow physicists. I am also keen to meet fellow early career researchers and explore potential future collaborations."

The poster has been entered into the Physics category of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.
Winners will receive prizes of up to £3,000, while the overall winner will receive the Westminster Wharton Medal.

Other categories include engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry and mathematics.

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, says: "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 SET for Britain is politicians' best opportunity to meet them and understand their work."

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Essar, INEOS, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Wiley, the Bank of England and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

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