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18
Mar
2013

Student’s landmines poster strikes a chord with UK science competition set for Britain

Student’s landmines poster strikes a chord with UK science competition set for Britain

Post graduate research student Omar Abdel Rehim was invited to the House of Commons after grabbing the attention of MPs with a striking poster outlining Find A Better Way research at Manchester University to aid landmine clearance teams.

Omar won praise from the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee for his work to raise the profile of work he is carrying out with academics from the University of Manchester School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Omar impressed judges in the SET for BRITAIN competition with the stark message “There are two ways to find a landmine. One of them is to step on it… We aim to improve the other method.”

SET for BRITAIN is an annual event aimed at encouraging and promoting Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who are the “engine-room” of continued progress in and development ofUKresearch and R&D.

Although Omar’s entry was not among the prize winners, he was invited to a reception at the Houses of Parliament where he met MPs and competition sponsors.