Leeds mathematician takes his research to Parliament

Alessandro Balata is attending Parliament to present his mathematics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 12 March.

Alessandro was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament for his research in Microgrid management, and will be judged against dozens of other scientists' research in the STEM for BRITAIN awards, which is the only national competition of its kind.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “Having invested so much effort on this project I felt the need to share my findings with the community and STEM for BRITAIN seemed the perfect platform to do so. I hope the MPs attending will find this work interesting and agree on the idea that a sustainable future is possible if policymakers maintain their interest in forefront research.”

Alessandro’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.

Further information

STEM for BRITAIN is a poster competition in the House of Commons judged by professional and academic experts. All presenters are entered into either the engineering, the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences (chemistry), the physical sciences (physics) session, or the mathematics session, depending on the researcher’s specialism. 

The competition is open to early stage or early career researchers, which includes university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time and mature students, returners, those people embarking on a second career, and their equivalent in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, and appropriate final year undergraduate and MSc students, all of whom are engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research.

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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