Bath engineer takes SET for Britain prize

A chemical engineer from Bath University has won the SET (Scientists, Engineers, Technologists) for Britain poster competition for her research around animal-free cosmetic testing.

Dr Patricia Perez Esteban submitted a poster based on her work developing a testing model for cosmetics to better predict how much of a compound will pass through the skin and enter the blood stream. The postdoctoral research assistant presented the poster to MPs and a panel of expert judges at the House of Commons, where she came top out of 60 entries in the engineering category.


“Winning the gold medal for the engineering session at SET for Britain today was the best recognition a researcher could have,” said Patricia.

“The fact that I was shortlisted to show my work in Parliament was an honour on its own, but most of all receiving such positive feedback from the judges, MPs and my fellow researchers was the strongest reinforcement to continue my dream of pursuing a career in academia.”

The overall aim of SET for Britain is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. Entrants compete across five categories: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics.

“I’m delighted that so many engineers attended Parliament as part of SET for Britain,” said Prof Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“Engineers make a difference in all our lives. They create solutions to the issues we face as individuals and as a society. SET for Britain provides a great opportunity for these innovators to connect with the decision makers in Parliament, to showcase the superb engineering research being carried out in the UK, and the new technologies that can help improve our lives and drive new growth in our industries.”