Challenging opinions

How chemistry rocks the status quo

Chemistry uses scientific evidence to shake up attitudes, influence changes in our behaviour and find solutions to make things better or more efficient, whether it’s what you eat and drink, how you travel or what you need to be well.

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    Science communicator

    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

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

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    Policy adviser, UK government

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

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    Atmospheric chemist

    Zoë’s role involves finding ways to minimise the impact of humans on the natural world

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    Analytical chemists, Thames Water

    Harsh and Michael describe their vital work keeping the region’s water and sewage systems safe and operational at all times

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    Senior committee specialist, UK government

    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

    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

  • Emma Sargent

    Senior picture editor

    Emma communicates science to the public by sourcing or commissioning engaging and accurate scientific photographs, illustrations and videos for publications

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    Policy researcher, cancer research UK

    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 manager, world gold council

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

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    Freelance science publicist

    Sallie develops creative ideas to get good media coverage for science organisations and events

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    Forensic scientist

    Joni investigates biological samples for the presence of drugs and alcohol and also examines evidence seized by the police

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    Advanced apprentice, forensics

    Jamie describes what it’s like to work alongside scientists to deliver a service that supports the criminal justice system

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    John investigates the chemistry and physics of the regions of space between the stars

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    Associate researcher, pharmaceuticals

    Discover how you can change people’s lives as a chemist supervising the making of active ingredients in medicines

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    Assistant manager, publishing

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

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    Assistant analyst, drug control centre

    Nicola describes how chemistry enabled her to play a vital part as an assistant analyst in the anti-doping laboratory for the Olympic Games

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