Heathfield scientist takes his research to Parliament

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A former Heathfield student is attending Parliament today (Monday, March 7) to present his physics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges.

David Edmunds, who currently works as a researcher at the Institute for Cancer Research in London, is presenting his research as part of SET for Britain.

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David Edmunds SUS-160703-151735001

David’s poster will cover his research into developing software to produce an interactive display for patients and doctors that will present the risks and benefits of radiotherapy for cancer treatments.

The 30-year-old’s poster will be judged against hundreds of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind, after beating thousands more in getting his poster shortlisted to present in Parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, the former Parkside Primary School and Heathfield Community College student, said: “I am really excited about taking part in SET for Britain 2016, as it is a great opportunity to engage with politicians about scientific issues that are currently very relevant in healthcare.

“I am most looking forward to raising the profile of medical physics research with MPs who have a direct impact on policy-making.”

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 SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

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

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 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 Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from Essar, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Bank of England and the Society of Chemical Industry.

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