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Young scientists to represent Britain

Four University of St Andrews scientists are to present their research to the House of Commons as part of a national event showcasing the best of British research.

Dr James Naismith (Centre for Biomolecular Sciences), Dr Mark Mon-Williams (Psychology), Dr Kishan Dholakia (Physics and Astronomy) and Dr Ian Gent (Computer Science) are taking part in the SET for Britain event on Monday 10 April 2000.

Held in conjunction with National SET Week, the event will hear presentations from a host of young scientists from University, industrial and government laboratories throughout the country. The high-profile audience will include MPs, Peers and some of the country’s most senior figures from the worlds of science, engineering and technology.

Dr Naismith’s presentation will cover his research into developing a new class of antibiotics; Dr Mon-Williams will explain his findings into how the human brain processes information on the distance of objects; Dr Dholakia will talk about his research into atoms and Dr Gent will give a presentation on solving computational problems.

Professor Philip Esler, Vice- Principal of the University of St Andrews believes the University’s input into the event reinforces its reputation as a centre of excellence in scientific research.

Professor Esler said, “The great efforts made by the University of St Andrews in recent years to recruit top quality academic staff are paying dividends in the form of greatly increased research output and research income from our scientists. The research of these outstanding young scientists represents a good sample of St Andrews science.”

Prizes on offer include The Westminster and De Montfort Medals 2000 and numerous cash prizes.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email cg@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: set2000/PR1918

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