**UoL press release by Hannah McGowan:**

A Mathematics academic from the University of Lincoln has been selected to show her work in Parliament as part of a special STEM event.

Dr Anitha Thillaisundaram will present a poster detailing her research work at STEM for Britain 2019 – an event taking place on Wednesday 13^{th} March at the House of Commons.

STEM for BRITAIN exists to raise the profile of Britain’s early-stage researchers at Westminster by engaging Members of both Houses of Parliament with current science, engineering and mathematics research being undertaken in the UK, especially that by their local constituents and in their local University. Few of them have science or technology degrees, but around 100 Parliamentarians usually attend the event.

As part of the Mathematical Sciences Session, Dr Thillaisundaram will present alongside other leading early-career researchers from across the UK. On the day, a medal will be presented for the best poster in each subject session.

Dr Thillaisundaram, a Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln, specialises in group theory.

Group theory, the study of symmetries, is a branch of pure mathematics that began in the early 19^{th} century, but it was really only from the mid-20^{th} century when the importance of groups went beyond pure mathematics to other sciences, and indeed the real world. Together with colleagues, Dr Thillaisundaram’s work has fueled new areas of research in group theory and has led to the discovery of new research directions.

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