Early career researcher scoops the top awards at SET for Britain

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Dr Valeska Ting holding the Gold Award for Engineering and the Westminster Medal

Dr Valeska Ting, who is the University of Bath’s Prize Research Fellow in Smart Nanomaterials, has won the top prize in the Engineering category and was overall winner across all entries at the 2013 Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) for Britain competition for early career stage researchers.

She came away with £3,000 in prize money, the Gold Award for Engineering, and the Westminster Medal. The SET for Britain competition celebrates excellence for early career researchers in the categories of Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Dr Ting presented a poster of her research, ‘Pushing Hydrogen to the Limit: engineering nanomaterial systems for storage of solid-like hydrogen,’ at the SET for Britain event in the House of Commons. The work she presented was conducted as part of a research project with the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN Hub, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The posters explaining the research were judged by panels of expert scientists and engineers in the case of the Engineering Medal, and separately by a panel of MP’s in the case of the Westminster Medal. They were judged on their ability to convey complex scientific ideas to a non-scientific audience, by the difficulty and complexity of the project, and the novelty or importance of the scientific research and their results.

Another EPSRC-funded researcher also gained an award. Dr Paul Richmond, from the University of Sheffield, won the Silver Award and £2,000 prize money in the Engineering category for his research poster: High performance massive scale agent-based simulation.

SET for BRITAIN aims to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who are the ‘engine-room’ of continued progress and development of UK research and R&D, and ultimately of UK plc. Many will become Britain's future scientific and technological leaders and others will be leaders in other fields. SET for Britain is organised by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Biology.

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