Ex-Fauls Green resident to present present chemistry research to Parliament in unique competition


Barrie White

A SCIENTIST who grew up in Fauls Green will carry out a prestigious duty later  this month when he presents chemistry research to politicians and experts.

Dr James Cooper lived in the village for 18 years before undertaking his degree at York and his PhD at Bristol.

Dr Cooper, who currently lives in Edinburgh but is about to head to Chicago to work for a current Nobel Prize winner in Dr Fraser Stoddart, is delighted to be asked to present his complex work.

“I’m very proud as it’s a very prestigious event,” said Dr Cooper, 28. “It’s good that it’s accessible and makes me proud I’ve communicated my research well.

“Some of the best research across many scientific disciplines is showcased in one place. 

“It is a great opportunity to discuss scientific ideas, not only with other scientists, but also those who shape our scientific policy.

“I have been involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and was an ambassador when I was at Bristol. I wanted to be a medical doctor but I didn’t think I would get the grades.

"I always enjoyed science when I was at primary and secondary school.

“I discovered I really liked research and now do something called ‘Blue Sky’ research, which isn’t something applicable now but can help in the future.”

The event, on March 13 in Westminster, is part of STEM for Britain and Dr Cooper was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear.

His research will be on investigating the properties of molecular cages using proteins called ‘nanopores’ and will be judged against his peers  in the only competition of its kind.

Stephen Metcalfe MP, chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said: “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for Britain is the politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

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