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Understanding the inside of the sun

Abrar Ali, a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics, will be presenting her research - Using Mathematics to Understand the Inside of the sun - to the House of Commons as part of the STEM for Britain event.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

A student in the Department of Mathematics will be at the Palace of Westminster to present her research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN.

On 12th March, PhD candidate Abrar Ali's poster about 'Using Mathematics to Understand the Inside of the sun' will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Abrar was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

Speaking about the upcoming event, she said:

STEM for BRITAIN opens up the opportunity to deliver the remarkable scientific studies undertaken in Britain through the voice of young researchers. I hope, by participating, to enlighten our representatives as well as gain an insight on how science is handled in Parliament.

Stephen Metcalfe 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 STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Collaborative event

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

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 respectively.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, UK Research and Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, the Nutrition Society, Institute of Biomedical Science and the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research.

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