STOR-i PhD students in final of STEM for Britain 2024


Matt Speers and Carla Pinkney
Matt Speers and Carla Pinkney

STEM for Britain is an annual major scientific poster competition and exhibition. Two STOR-i PhD students, Carla Pinkney and Matt Speers, are finalists within the Mathematics category of the competition and will be attending the Mathematics final at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 4th March 2024.

Carla’s research, in collaboration with STOR-i academic partner University of Washington, focusses on the development of novel statistical methodology for the estimation of neuronal connectivity in the brain network. In practice, this research can be used to infer networks of neuronal interactions. Understanding how neurons interact is extremely important in the quest to understand how the brain processes complex information.

Commenting on being selected as a finalist, Carla said, “I’m delighted to have been selected as a STEM for Britain finalist. I am extremely passionate about the importance of science communication and am looking forward to presenting my research in the Houses of Parliament. I’d like to thank my supervisors Alex Gibberd and Carolina Euan for their continued support throughout the PhD process.”

Matt’s work, in collaboration with the University of Western Australia and Shell, has seen the development of novel statistical methodology for the risk assessment of man-made offshore structures. The work combines high-quality statistical analysis with current engineering practice and aims to bridge the gap between the two. In the face of increasing trends in extreme weather, this is an essential step in improving the safety of personnel and reducing risk to the ocean environment.

Matt stated, “I’m very excited to have been selected to present my work as a STEM for Britain finalist. I hope to use this opportunity to emphasise the importance of communication between scientific disciplines, and the interface between government and cutting-edge science. I’d like to thank my supervisors Jonathan Tawn, Phil Jonathan, and David Randell (Shell) for their ongoing support.”

Details of the competition can be found here: https://stemforbritain.org.uk/

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