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OU students invited to represent young scientists at Westminster

Three PhD students from the Faculty of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) took part yesterday in a Science Question Time with the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, the Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Mark Walport, and Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee.

Voice of the Future 2017, which was organised by the Royal Society of Biology on behalf of the science and engineering community, gave young scientists and engineers the opportunity to speak to politicians and policy makers about issues of science policy that matter to them.

The student representatives from the OU were Radka Gromnicova, Rhian Chapman, and Yasmin Bokhari-Friberg. They quizzed the Minister on the what the Government is doing to ensure laws on air pollution are maintained post Brexit, and what MPs think about the Government’s plans to develop spaceports. 

Currently in its sixth year, The Open University is the only university to take part alongside organisations such as the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, and the Institute of Physics. 

Miss Rhian Chapman

Research student

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Professional biography


Miss Radka Gromnicova

Research student

School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Professional biography


Miss Yasmin Bokhari-Friberg

Research student

School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics