Jeff Smith, Labour MP for Manchester Withington, recently met with representatives from the Royal Society of Chemistry to draw attention to the importance of scientific research in solving challenges that affect constituents and the wider UK.
Sophia Mitchell and Dr Ian Gameson from Lab Tots, which teaches fun science to pre-schoolers, led a series of experiments designed to demonstrate everyday chemistry that you can carry out with accessible materials at home.
Jeff joined other Members of Parliament in trying out some experiments for himself.
“It was great to see first-hand how chemistry is all around us, and I enjoyed being able to carry out some experiments myself. I was also really pleased to be able to speak to the Royal Society of Chemistry about the important work they do to support the chemical sciences.”
Dr Jo Reynolds, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Director of Science and Communities, said:
“Science, research, and innovation are at the forefront in addressing some of the world’s most crucial challenges, from climate change and energy security to economic growth exiting the pandemic.
“Great science can only take place when we have great collaborations, and that’s why we’re so pleased to see members of parliament taking opportunities like these to engage with chemical scientists.”