Swansea mathematician takes his research to Parliament

Dr Gibin Powathil, 33, a Senior Lecturer at Swansea University, hailing from India, is attending Parliament to present his maths research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 9 March.

Gibin PowathilGibin’s poster on research about Mathematical Oncology and its use in understanding cancer growth and treatment predictions with an aim to provide patient specific treatment protocols will be judged against dozens of other mathematicians’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Gibin was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “This event is an excellent opportunity for me to discuss and present my research to an audience with a wide variety of backgrounds. It will also help me to explain the importance of mathematical and computational approaches in Cancer Research to the MPs who can influence policy and guide research and funding directions for the UK.”

Andrew Miller 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 SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

MP for Swansea West Mr Geraint Davies was invited to the event and will attend the House of Commons on 9 March in the Mathematical Sciences Session from 6.15pm – 9.00pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House to view Dr Powathil’s work.  He said: “I am looking forward to welcoming Dr Powathil to Parliament for the SET for Britain competition. Swansea University is leading the world in all types of research, and I will be showing other MPs the crucial and life changing work that is being done in Swansea.”

Gibin’s research has been entered into the Mathematics session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medallist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

Sir Adrian Smith, Chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences (CMS), said: “The CMS is delighted that the mathematical sciences have been involved in this prestigious event for the second, successive year; it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the importance of the mathematical sciences to a wider audience. It is paramount to encourage early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians and the SET for Britain event is a very effective way of doing this. We have been encouraged by the enthusiastic response from early-career researchers in the mathematical sciences and feel sure this will this continue in the future”.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee run the event in collaboration with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry, with financial support from BP, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Essar, INEOS, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Wiley, the Bank of England and the Institute of Biomedical Science.