The aim of STEM for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians, who are an essential part of continuing progress in, and development of, UK research.

The event aims to bring together early career scientists with parliamentarians and policy-makers, with the competition held at Westminster, in the heart of UK government. 

Poster presenters should be in the early part of their career (MSc/PhD/Post Doc or similar) either in academia or in industry. STEM for BRITAIN welcome returners and those starting a second career - age is unimportant.

    Applications for STEM for Britain 2020 are now open.

    Applications opened on Monday 23 September 2019 to early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who wish to exhibit posters in one of the following five areas:

    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Physics

    There will be two poster exhibition and judging sessions during the day, each ending with a reception and prize-giving. The competition attracts over 500 entrants, of whom approximately one third are selected to present their work in Parliament.

    This prestigious annual event, which is attended by a significant number of Members of Parliament and Peers, is sponsored by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

    Prizes will be awarded for the posters presented in each discipline which best communicate high level science, engineering or mathematics to a lay audience.

    The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd December.

    The Nutrition Society prize

    This year the Society are delighted to be sponsoring a prize for the best nutrition science poster to award excellence in the area, and to raise the profile of nutritional science as a sub-discipline of the Biosciences.

    A tick-box question has been added to the STEM application form asking if applicants would like to be considered for this prize. Any posters presenting research on a nutrition-related scientific area (whole body metabolism, cellular and molecular nutrition, and public health nutrition) are eligible for the Nutrition Society prize.

    Those wishing to have their entry considered should select the relevant 'Nutrition Society prize' tickbox as part of completing the standard application for their entry to be considered. The winner will receive an award and a cash prize of £500.

    How to apply 

    You will need to fill in the online application form as soon as possible and supply an abstract (in .pdf format) of your work - no more than a single A4 page, together with a reference, normally from a supervisor or senior academic colleague.

    All these three parts of your application, including the reference MUST be submitted by the closing date 17:00 on Monday 2nd December 2019; it is best not to wait until the day of the deadline as submission of many applications in the last afternoon can clog up the system and serious delays may occur.

    Applications will be acknowledged by STEM for BRITAIN on receipt and you will be informed of the judges' decision on allocation of places in the competition by the end of January 2020.

    Judges are senior scientists from the relevant Learned Societies. They will use the following criteria:

    • Is the submission well written?
    • Does it have a clear concise introduction?
    • Does it make clear the contribution of the applicant/presenter?
    • How long has the applicant been working on the project?
    • What is the likely impact?
    • How difficult / complex is the project?
    • Could the poster be understood by a lay audience?

    Please contact the STEM for BRITAIN administrator team with all enquries.