ABOUT US

Scientists for Labour is a Socialist Society affiliated to the Labour Party. It is open to supporters of the Labour Party interested or involved in UK science and technology.

Since its establishment in 1994, SfL has become a strong political voice for science. We aim to improve the understanding of science within the Labour Party and nationally. We are also involved in advising the parliamentary Labour Party on science policy issues.

We organise a range of events from panel discussions to networking meetings, and are always interested in hearing from potential collaborators.

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OUR PEOPLE

Ben Fernando

Chair

Rt. Hon. Dr Gordon Brown

Patron

As both Chancellor and Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown provided consistent support for science and engineering, from R&D tax credits to increased PhD stipends. He is one of the relatively few politicians that truly 'gets' science and sees its importance for long-term economic growth.

David Sainsbury is a businessman, philanthropist and former Minister for Science and Innovation from 1998-2006. In 2008, Sainsbury was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2011 was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

David Sainsbury, Lord Sainsbury of Turville

Patron

Ben is a PhD Student studying solar physics at the University of Oxford, having completed his MSci in Space Physics at Imperial College London in 2016. He has previously been the Secretary, Vice Chair Membership, and Youth Officer for SfL. He was a candidate for local council in the 2016 by-elections in Kensington and Chelsea.

Ben Fernando

Chair

Adam Thompson

Vice Chair Policy

Having recently completed his PhD in metrology for additive manufacturing, Adam has just begun his new role as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham. Adam’s research interests sit within the fields of surface metrology and X-ray computed tomography, focussed on measurement for advanced manufacturing processes. In addition to sitting on the SfL committee, in his spare time Adam acts as a volunteer organiser and social media co-ordinator for his constituency Labour party (Erewash).

Paul Henry

Vice Chair Membership

Paul is a Financial Technology Consultant specialising in data science. Prior to beginning his career in financial services, he completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham in sustainable chemistry. His area of research was using spectroscopy and machine learning to monitor biotechnological processes. His main political interests include environmental sustainability, particularly its social and economic impacts.

Juan Ignacio Rubio Gorrochategui

Membership Secretary

Juan has a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London and is currently coursing a MSc in Science Communication at the same institution. Currently, he is working in its masters thesis, which deals with the coverage of Chinese science in Western popular science media. In addition to that, he edits the online section of the science magazine I, Science, and the politics section of Felix, ICL’s student newspaper. His interests include climate change policy and the politics of popular science.

Joseph Buckley

Treasurer

Joe researches Fluid Dynamics at Imperial College London, with an MSci in Chemistry with Mathematics from UCL. His interests are in Machine Learning, AI, drug delivery and reaction-diffusion systems. He is branch secretary of both Unite Community Tower Hamlets and the Tower Hamlets Co-operative Party, and is a rep for Imperial UCU.

Zainab Mohammed

Secretary

Zainab is an undergraduate Chemistry student at King’s College London. She was previously the Co-Chair of King’s College London Labour Society and the London regional coordinator for Labour Students. She first got involved in politics through a local campaign to encourage more girls to take up STEM A-Level subjects. Her academic interests include pharmaceutical policy, which she hopes to study at the Master’s level.

Lloyd James

Webmaster

Lloyd researches the transport of particulate matter in fusion plasmas at Imperial College London, having graduated from Imperial with an MSci in Physics. 

Ansh Bhatnagar

Socialist Societies Representative

Ansh is a third year Physics undergraduate at Imperial College London. He is the Chair of Imperial College Labour Society, and has previously been the Secretary. He joined the Labour Party shortly after starting university and has also promoted democracy in the students' union. His interests involve science communication, gliding, and student theatre.

Tom Rivlin

Tom is a physics PhD student at UCL. His research involves simulating atoms colliding at ultracold temperatures. He graduated from Imperial College in 2015 with an MSci in Physics. In 2017 he represented Scientists for Labour at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. He also does science outreach and writes popular science articles.

Peter Stern

Peter is a retired technician who obtained mechanical and engineering 
qualifications through part-time study and an Open University degree in 
maths and computing. His main interests are technology and politics and their interaction. He is a long time member of Fabian Society and SfL member since its early days. 

Sina Lari

Sina Lari graduated in Biological Sciences from Imperial College London, where he specialised in epidemiology. His most recent project was with Imperial's yellow fever mosquito laboratory where he investigated links between mosquito fecundity, age and disease spread. He is particularly focused on Public Health policy and its relationship with housing and planning. He is Secretary of the Greater London Socialist Health Association and a Councillor in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Anish Kundu

Anish is a medical student at the University of Nottingham. He holds a degree in neuroscience from Cardiff University and is a qualified teacher of Chemistry. He has worked hard to promote high quality science education working alongside schools, local councils, national organisations and community groups. His political interests include education and health policy including international development. He has been active in the Labour party at a local level in a number of CLPs around the UK.

Judith Skiming

Judith is a full-time science teacher at a state school in Liverpool. She is currently Head of Chemistry and is passionate about STEM education and encouraging young people to study science. Prior to becoming a teacher Judith worked as an NHS doctor for six years, specialising in paediatrics. Her main political interests include education, health and science.

Dan is a research assistant working in a medical device company near Cambridge. Dan studied chemical sciences at Nottingham Trent University and has worked in the sugar industry and food regulation industry. Dan joined the Labour party in 2010 and in that time he has helped to set-up Labour students group at NTU in which he became the Secretary, was Vice-chair of Bourne branch and Stamford and Grantham. 

Daniel Mayhew

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