One of our own takes her research to Parliament

Dr Dimitra Georgiadou, a researcher in the EPSRC Centre, will be attending Parliament on Monday 7th March to present her engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain. This competition gives MPs an opportunity to meet the country’s best young researchers and to understand their work. Dimitra was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

Dimitra will present a poster on her research on “adhesion lithography” (a-Lith), an innovative technique that allows her to put two metals very close together by extracting the unnecessary parts using Scotch tape and then filling the gap with  solution-processable semiconducting materials to form rectifying diodes. Because of the unique device layout and ultra-short inter-electrode distance, high operating frequencies are anticipated which makes these diodes of interest in applications such as RF energy harvesting, which could be used to power the 'Internet of Things'.

On presenting her research in Parliament, she said:

“I always enjoy explaining scientific work to non-experts, so I grabbed the chance to do so at the highest level by directly presenting my current research to the UK decision makers. Apart from explaining to the MPs what my research is about, I very much anticipate hearing their own views and seeing things from their perspective. I strongly believe that science and politics are not two separate worlds but instead they are like communicating vessels and information should constantly flow both ways.

Click here for more detail on Dimitra's project.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs SET for Britain 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.

What is it like to present your work at Westminster?

Dimitra summarising her experience: "...we all feel we have won something this evening: a glimpse into the world of politicians and their encouragement to continue performing cutting edge research. Definitely, a day to remember!"

Read Dimitra's first-hand account of taking part in the SET for Britain 2016 competition alongside a handful of young UK scientists. 

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