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Dr Nick Bennett attended Parliament at the House of Commons on Monday 17 March to present his engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain.

Nick’s poster on research about harnessing waste heat and converting it into electricity via the thermoelectric effect was judged against dozens of other engineers’ research in the final of the national competition. Nick was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting his research, he said, “It is great to have the opportunity to talk directly to MPs and policy makers and to explain how my research might reduce the amount of energy wasted in households and commercial buildings in Britain.”

Andrew Miller 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 SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run 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), Germains Seed Technology, Boeing, the Bank of England and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Nick was pictured at the event with Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith.