King’s Lynn maintains valuable STEM support

A regular, long term supporter of attracting young people into chemistry-based professions, the King’s Lynn site maintained its connections amongst the region’s fellow campaigners with a presence at the annual Chemistry at Work event in Essex recently.

The Dow-supported annual event is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and is designed to encourage students to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

This year’s event - which included a presentation from Global Learning and Development Manager at Dow AgroSciences, Martin Tooley, was attended by over 600 students from a diverse range of schools and backgrounds.

With a presentation entitled ‘feeding the world sustainably’, Martin’s interactive discussion covered the challenges of feeding the world’s ever-expanding population, and the crucial role scientists and engineers play in solving this challenge in a sustainable way.

The annual STEM event - now in its thirteenth year – is aimed at 14-17 year olds, and aims to promote science-related professions as a potential career choice. Additional benefits include encouraging them to continue studying STEM subjects, with the ultimate aim of producing more scientists and engineers able to grow the UK's GDP.

“The students heard a variety of lively, interactive talks from practising chemists, chemical engineers, pharmacists, biochemists, many of which are relevant to our own business activities,” said Martin. “From my position within DAS I could highlight how our own scientific developments have supported major advances in agriculture over recent decades and demonstrate the vaulable role scientists have to play in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges.

“Previous events have not only had great feedback, but have led to Essex sending more than the national average proportion of students to study STEM subjects at university, suggesting that such outreach really does make a difference.”