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Chemistry PhD student Rob Ives has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious STEM for Britain competition.

Chemistry PhD student Rob Ives has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious STEM for Britain competition.

Held in Parliament since 1997 and organised by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the awards are aimed at giving members of both Houses of Parliament an insight into the outstanding research work being undertaken at UK universities by early-career researchers.

Rob will be joined by other finalists across five categories to present his work to a panel of judges and parliamentarians on Monday 6 March, during British Science Week, at Portcullis House in Westminster, London.

The research Rob is undertaking focuses on the synthesis of organic compounds known as shapeshifting molecules. He is currently working towards understanding how this could be used in a range of potential applications.

Rob said:

I’m delighted to be selected as a finalist for STEM for Britain 2023! It’s a unique opportunity to present and discuss my research with MPs and policymakers. Moreover, I’m very privileged to be representing Durham University at the event. I cannot wait to network with some of the very best early-career researchers in Great Britain.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Rob gained his first degree at the University of York, and has undertaken international research experience at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He is currently a PhD candidate in Organic Chemistry.

The STEM for Britain Awards involve entrants submitting a scientific poster on their research in one of five categories: biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematical sciences and physics. Finalists then present their work to the judges.

Prizes are awarded to the individuals who, alongside presenting excellent science and engineering, communicate their research in a clear and engaging way. Gold, silver and bronze awards are presented to the top three in each category, along with monetary awards. An award is also presented to the overall winner. 

We wish you all the best Rob and hope it goes well. Good luck!