The work on display was impressive, and ranged from a project to create ultrathin solar cells, to a "Back to the Future" themed poster about chemistry at temperatures down to 1 Kelvin (–272 degrees Celsius).
Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the STEM for BRITAIN organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, addressed the assembled exhibitors at the end of the judging session, explaining that the event is "the primary interaction between science and Parliament".
The prizes in the chemistry category were presented by Dr Helen Pain, deputy chief executive at the Royal Society of Chemistry, who said: "Humanity faces serious global threats such as climate change, antibiotic resistance, and unsustainable food, water and energy supplies against a growing population. Chemical scientists have a role to play in tackling all of these challenges – and now is definitely the time for scientists to make their voices heard and collaborate with policymakers.
"Each year we look forward to the competition as a fantastic chance to recognise and celebrate some of our most talented young scientists. It’s also a great way for our elected representatives to hear first-hand about some of the exciting research that is happening here in the UK. We clearly have the necessary talent and inspiration to keep the UK at the forefront of global science."