PhD Scholar presents his research to Parliament

Shambo Bhattacharjee 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.

Shamboo was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament for his research into Space Debris and the objective of his research is to develop improved method to track space debris based on directional statistics. He 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, “In the last 60 years around 8000 satellites have been launched and approximately 167 million pieces of debris are orbiting the Earth now. Space debris can be extremely dangerous for space craft and satellite operations. Due to the high population and large relative velocities of space debris, it is extremely difficult to track them accurately using optical observations and to associate them with past observations. STEM for Britain is a great platform for me to showcase my research on space debris and directional statistics to MPs and other scientists. I am sure that this experience will help me in future.”

Shambo’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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