Rebecca Evans, a Doctoral Academic Teacher & PhD Student in Psychology at the University of Liverpool won a prestigious prize at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her nutrition research, walking away with a £500 prize.
Rebecca presented her research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition STEM for BRITAIN, on Monday 6 March.
Her research entitled 'Food and non-alcoholic beverage marketing via leading videogame liverstreaming platforms: What is the extent, nature and impact on eating behaviour and health in uk adolescents?, was judged against 30 other finalists.
STEM for BRITAIN aims to help politicians understand more about the UK’s thriving science and engineering base and rewards some of the strongest scientific and engineering research being undertaken in the UK.
Rebecca commented on the experience:
"I heard about STEM For Britain via my supervisor, Professor Emma Boyland, who encouraged me to apply. It was really exciting to have been chosen as a finalist, and to have the unique opportunity to share our research in Parliament, particularly considering the food marketing policy implications of our work. I really enjoyed discussing our research with a variety of interested experts and MPs, as well as chatting with the other finalists and hearing about the wide variety of inspiring research going on. I was delighted to receive The Nutrition Society Prize, and I am very grateful to The Nutrition Society - it was the perfect end to an unforgettable day! I would absolutely encourage other early-career researchers to apply - the whole experience was brilliant and very supportive. "
Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee, sponsors of the chemistry awards said:
“The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee is delighted to sponsor the chemistry awards. 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.”
The 2023 winners of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Category were as follows:
Gold - Devon Crouch, University of Liverpool 'STOP THIEF! USING BIOMATERIALS TO TACKLE GLAUCOMA'
Silver - Olivia Conway, University of Cambridge 'MAPPING THE SUBCELLULAR ADIPOCYTE PROTEOME IN RESPONSE TO FED AND FASTED STIMULI'
Bronze - Sarah Dickson, Newcastle University 'NOVEL ACOUSTIC MONITORING SYSTEM TO INNOVATE DOLPHIN AND PORPOISE MONITORING AT OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS'