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Benoit Darlot takes his research to Parliament

Benoit Darlot takes his research to Parliament

Mr Benoit Darlot is attending Parliament to present his findings to politicians and expert judges as part of STEM for Britain 2020. Originally from Le Mans in France, Benoit, 29, is a DPhil candidate in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine at the University of Oxford's Department of Chemistry. Benoit's poster describing his research on new molecules derived from tick saliva proteins to address inflammation will be judged against fellow scientists' research in the only national competition of its kind.

Benoit was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament. On presenting his research in Parliament, he said: 'It is an incredible honor to have been selected to present my work at the STEM for BRITAIN event. To showcase state of the art research funded by taxpayers to law makers is a great opportunity to emphasize the importance and use of public funding in science. I hope that during that day I can give awareness about what academics in partnership with industry can deliver to address a serious public health issue, in my case inflammatory diseases.'

STEM for Britain, which will take place at Portcullis House on Monday 9 March, is an opportunity for the UK's brightest and best early career scientists to share their research with MPs. Stephen Metcalfe 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, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians' best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.'

Benoit's research has been entered into the chemistry, mathematics and physics session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony. Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives 2000 GBP, while silver and bronze receive 1250 and 750 respectively.

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, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, and the Nutrition Society with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, United Kingdom Research and Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, Institute of Biomedical Science, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the Biochemical Society, Biotherapy Services Ltd, IEEE Communications Society and the Comino Foundation.