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Madeleine Wyburd takes her work to Parliament


Doctoral student Madeleine Wyburd has been awarded the Bronze award at the STEM for BRITAIN Competition in Engineering. The awards event was held at the House of Commons on 7 March 2022. There was a poster hall, where MPs, researchers, and judges went round to view and discuss the award-winning competition submissions.

Madeleine’s poster on research about using AI to analyse the developing fetal brain in ultrasound was judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Madeleine was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

Madeleine comments, ‘I was over the moon to be awarded the bronze engineering prize at STEM for Britain for my work on using AI to analyse the developing fetal brain in ultrasound. STEM for Britain is a fantastic opportunity for early career scientists to present their work to policy makers and researchers across a wide range of fields and it was an honour to be selected to take part in this year's competition.’

Chair of the Engineering judging panel, Professor Mary Ryan FREng, said, ‘It is always a thrill to see the sheer variety of high-quality engineering projects and to meet so many great young researchers who want their work to make its mark and who present their work with such skill and enthusiasm.

'It has never been more important for us, as engineers, to engage with policy makers and explain the ways in which our work can contribute to the UK’s competitiveness and prosperity. The STEM for Britain competition provides a fantastic showcase for the rising stars of engineering in the heart of Westminster.’

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 the Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from Dyson, Clay Mathematics Institute, United Kingdom Research and Innovation, Society of Chemical Industry, the Nutrition Society, Institute of Biomedical Science, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the Biochemical Society and IEEE UK & Ireland Section.