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Bristol researcher is strictly the best

Dr Isobel Houghton, Research Assistant in Quantum Photonics

Dr Isobel Houghton, Research Assistant in Quantum Photonics

Press release issued: 18 September 2012

Dr Isobel Houghton, Research Assistant in Quantum Photonics, at the University of Bristol has won the British Science Association’s Strictly Engineering challenge.

Dr Isobel Houghton, Research Assistant in Quantum Photonics, presented a poster about her research project at the British Science Festival, which took place in Aberdeen earlier this month.

Isobel is part of the Solid State Quantum Network project, an EU funded CHIST-ERA project, in the University’s Centre for Quantum Photonics. The project aims to develop the components to create a solid state quantum network suitable for global quantum communications.

Dr Houghton, speaking about her award, said: “I was very pleased to be able to participate in the challenge and share some of the research we're doing in the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the science festival. I enjoyed speaking to the visitors about my research and poster, and I was delighted to win.”

EngD in Systems research engineers Natasha Watson and Ellie Cosgrave were also finalists in the competition and Natasha was one of two runners-up of the challenge.

Natasha is in her second year of the EngD in Systems programme at the University’s Industrial Doctorate Centre, in collaboration with University of Bath School of Management.

Natasha Watson is based with Buro Happold in Bath. Her project involved using natural materials as part of building construction to improve the sustainability of buildings.

Strictly Engineering challenged engineers across the UK to turn their work into an exciting, eye-catching poster with the support of graphic designers and public engagement specialists. The posters were exhibited at the British Science Festival [4 - 9 September] to spark conversation about the implications of engineering in our everyday lives and draw attention to the UK’s world-class engineering activities. The initiative aimed to challenge stereotypes around engineering and celebrate the contributions made by the diverse UK engineering community to our everyday lives.


Further information

Strictly Engineering, part of the British Science Festival, was a poster exhibition to spark conversations about how engineering affects people’s lives and to celebrate the world-class engineering going on in the UK. The event was organised by the British Science Association and was funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award.

The winner of the Strictly Engineering challenge, voted by the public, was awarded £250 and the two runners-up £100.

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