International Year of Chemistry launched at House of Commons

New Picture.bmpJohn Baker and Nigel Davis of ICIS London were invited to the House of Commons yesterday evening for the UK industry launch of the UNESCO/IUPAC sponsored International Year of Chemistry (IYC).

John tells the Blog:

“We heard a sparky address on the importance of women in science and technology from Esther McVey, MP for Wirral West, who was recently appointed chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Chemical Industry.

The need to encourage children into the sciences and STEM subjects as well was addressed by Joydip Sanyal, the CIA’s young ambassador of the year, introduced a schools competition as part of IYC and sponsored by INEOS, which aims to make pupils think about why science is important to their lives.


The event was sponsored by Johnson Matthey and hosted by the UK’s CIA chemical trade body. A shame that the proceedings were somewhat overshadowed by the fact that Pfizer announced on the same day it is closing its UK R&D facilities in Sandwich, Kent with the loss of 2,400 jobs.” 

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