Being the catalyst

Chemical scientists are game-changers in the game of life

Thinking ahead, making a difference, being the spark that triggers change and inspires others – all are part of the world of chemistry. And this is as true in education, as it is in policy making and business development.

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    Analytical technician, plastics

    2020-01-10T13:37:00+00:00

    Celine modifies the molecular structure of plastics so they can biodegrade in the natural environment

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    Science communicator

    2020-01-10T13:36:00+00:00

    Fernando uses his scientific knowledge to explain complex science to the public so they can understand and appreciate the value of these discoveries that are important to their everyday lives

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    Patent attorney

    2020-01-07T15:54:00+00:00

    Charley explains how he makes an impact by helping inventors get legal protection for their new inventions and medicines

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    Head of chemistry and teacher

    2019-12-16T10:23:00+00:00

    Kay teaches and oversees the work that goes on in a secondary school chemistry department

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    Policy adviser, UK government

    2019-12-16T13:35:00+00:00

    Tom works for the UK government and briefs ministers and politicians about the latest scientific research to inform their policies

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    Flavourist and innovation director

    2019-12-16T10:47:00+00:00

    Claire creates new flavour combinations to improve the taste of everyday food products

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    Sports scientist, British Olympic Association

    2019-12-13T17:12:00+00:00

    Brian talks about his exciting role working with Team GB athletes and his part in the 2012 London Olympics

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    Senior committee specialist, UK government

    2019-12-20T14:35:00+00:00

    Xameerah talks about her important role in providing specialist advice on science and science policy to inform the work and policies of the UK government

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    Research fellow

    2019-12-19T09:21:00+00:00

    Lynne shares how her PhD led to a university research career working with large pieces of equipment and computer programs to understand how chemical structures work

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    Consumer products technician

    2019-12-17T15:28:00+00:00

    Robert develops materials to improve the properties of consumer products from cosmetics to chewing gum

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    Senior analytical systems technician

    2019-12-16T14:38:00+00:00

    Christopher describes how his love of science and understanding how things work led him to his role as a systems technician

  • Cancer research UK

    Policy researcher, cancer research UK

    2019-12-16T12:30:00+00:00

    Harriet works at the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research where she helps researchers get support from the UK government and other research bodies

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    Project leader in enhanced experimentation, oil & gas

    2019-12-16T11:46:00+00:00

    Stuart brings good ideas to business faster by finding better tools and methods for researchers.

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    Project manager, world gold council

    2019-12-16T11:26:00+00:00

    Trevor discusses his unique role of promoting the uses of gold to companies across different industries

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    Fine fragrance evaluator

    2019-12-16T10:45:00+00:00

    Sophie helps improve and perfect fragrances created by perfumers. She also gets to travel regularly to Paris, Cologne and Grasse

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    Finance and planning manager

    2019-12-16T10:14:00+00:00

    Lorna’s role in finance gives her an overview of the household, healthcare and personal care products developed at her company

  • Publishing

    Assistant manager, publishing

    2019-12-10T14:06:00+00:00

    Sophia explains how she combines chemistry and editorial skills to publish scientific discoveries from people around the world

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    Medical research council board secretary

    2019-12-16T15:11:00+00:00

    Hazel discusses her vital part in funding groundbreaking scientific research through the medical research council by assessing and discussing funding proposals with the council

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