My Posters in Parliament
Posted on: March 5, 2014 by: Chloe Stephenson
You cannot fail to be impressed walking into the houses of Parliament, and be reminded by the imposing architecture, of the many historic events which have taken place there. This helped to make it a very fitting venue for Posters in Parliament, highlighting the importance of promoting undergraduate research and the academics of the future.
I don’t think I have ever encountered so much knowledge and so much passion crammed into one room, as I did at the event. It was extremely exciting being given the chance to present my own poster, but having the chance to speak to the other attendees about their posters was also a huge part of the experience. As I walked round the room I ranged through a diverse range of subjects, stretching from Lewis Carroll’s connections with the Pre-Raphaelite movement to the search for dark matter. All the posters were explained by their creators with such enthusiasm that I could not help being fascinated by their subjects, even when it lay far outside of my own discipline, Environmental Science.
The posters displayed the amount of time and effort that had been invested in their creation, in a range of well thought out and eye catching designs. Several presenters had also brought samples of their projects to aid their explanations. I was fascinated to be shown a sealed petri dish full of environmentally damaging micro plastics, which it was explained to me, largely originate from exfoliating body washes. This poster on the absorption of micro plastics by marine organisms went on to win the competition element of the event.
By the end of the day I felt that I had learnt more about the respective research projects being conducted at various universities, in one day, than I could have done after weeks in other settings. We left the houses of parliament in the afternoon sunshine to attend the reception at the Church House Conference Centre, here the winner and the runner up for the competition were announced. I left the evening amazed by the passion and variety of the undergraduate research being carried out in the UK’s Universities, the energy of others also acting as an inspiration for my own work.
In conclusion I am very grateful to my University and the organisers of the events for allowing me to have the opportunity to present my work. Hopefully the chance to present their work will give other undergraduates the motivation to work hard and take ownership, of their own research projects.