A poster competition with cash prizes for early-stage researchers

Welcome to SET for BRITAIN



The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are the "engine-room" of continued progress in and development of UK research and R&D, and ultimately of UK plc. Many will be Britain's future scientific and technological leaders and others will clearly be leaders in other fields. Such researchers are a vital asset and investment for the UK.

The SET for BRITAIN series of poster competitions and exhibitions in the House of Commons came to an abrupt halt with the untimely death in 2007 of its inspirational organiser, Dr Eric Wharton.

In 2008, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee joined together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Biology to revive SET for BRITAIN because we all believe that early-stage Researchers deserve particular encouragement to continue developing their work.

Mr Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the SET for BRITAIN organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, sponsored an exhibition and reception in the House of Commons Terrace Marquee on Monday, 17th March 2014 during National Science and Engineering Week.

In order to encourage maximum participation by early-career researchers and Members of Parliament the competition is divided into five subject areas:

  • Biological and Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

There are 3 two-hour poster exhibitions and judging sessions during the day, ending with a reception and prize-giving. There were about 60 posters on display in each session, representing the best in each field as part of a national competition for a prestigious Medal and substantial monetary prizes.

SET for BRITAIN Awards are made on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or early-career researcher together with their ability to communicate their work to a lay audience.

2014 event details