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Energy Harvesting work presented at SET for Britain, Houses of Parliament

last modified Mar 20, 2014 02:42 PM
Energy Harvesting work presented at SET for Britain, Houses of Parliament

Yu Jia

SET for Britain logoCSIC works hard to develop the students who contribute to our collaborative projects. We are very lucky to have so many talented people involved, and Yu is no exception!

Mr Yu Jia, 24, a PhD candidate who works closely with CSIC researcher Dr Ashwin Seshia on energy harvesting, attended Parliament this week to present his science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 18 March. Yu was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

 Yu’s poster on research about energy harvesting was judged against dozens of other engineers' research in the only national competition of its kind.

“I hope to engage with a wider audience to promote my work on this new emerging self-powered energy technology. I truly believe this is the smart energy solution of the future and let us see whether the politicians of this scientifically-historic country agree with me.”

Andrew Miller 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 are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, Airbus/EADS, INEOS, AgChemAccess, Essar, the Institute of Biomedical Science, GAMBICA and WMG.

SET for Britain is a poster competition in the House of Commons - involving approximately 180 early stage or early career researchers - judged by professional and academic experts.  All presenters are entered into either the engineering, the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences (chemistry), or the physical sciences (physics) session, depending on their specialism. 

 SET for Britain was established by Dr Eric Wharton in 1997.  Following his untimely death in 2007, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, with support from The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institute of Physics, the Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Physiological Society and the Society of Chemical Industry are working together to further his legacy.