Thomas Primidis presents his PhD work during STEM for BRITAIN 2020

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Thomas displaying his poster at STEM for BRITAIN 2020 (credit Twitter @PhysicsNews).

On the 9th of March, Thomas Primidis was invited to the House of Commons to present his PhD work during STEM for BRITAIN 2020. He was one of the 24 early-stage physics researchers across the United Kingdom that were selected to compete for the best poster presentation. This prestigious annual event is an initiative of Dr Eric Wharton and aims to connect parliament with ground-breaking and frontier UK research and development. It is attended by a significant number of Members of Parliament and Peers and is sponsored by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

Thomas presented his results on the design and optimisation of compact and mobile 3D X-ray imaging equipment using Monte Carlo simulations. He showed how high performance computing allows in virtual reality detailed and diverse studies which would be very expensive or impossible experimentally. This allows cheaper and faster R&D and thus quicker commercialisation of novel and cutting edge medical technologies, widening the horizons in the healthcare industry. Thomas’ project is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and the award-winning Adaptix Ltd. and is funded by the Accelerators for Security, Healthcare and Environment program launched by UK Research and Innovation Science and Technology Facilities Council.

During the event, Thomas presented his work to peers, science communicators, MPs and judges. He also had the opportunity to discuss the potential and applications of the rest of the projects presented which spanned from the microscopic scale of our bodies to the macroscopic scale of our universe. The quality of the projects was high and many of the contestants were international researchers which showcased how the profile of frontier scientific research in the UK benefits from its national and international collaborations.