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House of Commons calling for astrophysics academic

03 March 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Dr Dimitris Stamatellos will showcase his ‘When stars fall asleep’ research at a poster exhibition at Westminster  

An astrophysics expert from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won a prestigious competition to demonstrate his work at the House of Commons.

Guild Fellow Dr Dimitris Stamatellos will be showcasing his ‘When stars fall asleep’ research at a poster exhibition at Westminster on 17 March as part of the SET for Britain 2014 event.

His research explains the formation of low-mass stars and planets in the discs that surround young, Sun-like stars.

“I’m very passionate about my research and I’m delighted I’ve been chosen to represent the University at such a high-profile event.”

Dr Stamatellos, who is based in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Science, said: “It’s a great personal honour for me to have my work on display in such a famous location as the House of Commons. I’m very passionate about my research and I’m delighted I’ve been chosen to represent the University at such a high-profile event.”

He will exhibit his poster during National Science and Engineering Week. SET for Britain is a government initiative from the Parliamentary Scientific Committee. It aims to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are the 'engine-room' of continued progress in and development of UK research and research and development.

Mr Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the SET for Britain organising group of the Parliamentary Scientific Committee, is sponsoring the exhibition and reception and there will be prizes for the best poster in each subject area and a medal for the overall winner.