UofG lecturer takes his research to Parliament

Dr. Peter Stewart, a mathematics lecturer at the University of Glasgow, is going to Westminster to present his maths research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges at the UK parliament. This is part of SET for Britain on Monday 9th March.

Peter’s poster on research using foams to understand the fracture of crystalline materials, like metals, will be judged against dozens of other mathematicians’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Peter was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “I applied to take part in SET for Britain as it was a great opportunity to highlight how mathematics can offer unique insight into important real world problems like the fracture of metals.”

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.”

SET for Britain is a poster competition in the House of Commons - involving approximately 210 early stage or early career researchers - judged by professional and academic experts. 

Peter’s research has been entered into the Mathematics session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

First published: 9 February 2015