Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, met some of the scientists that are helping drive the UK economy at an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics in Parliament on Tuesday 7 July.

He met with scientists to talk about UK success stories from research in both chemistry and physics, where innovations and companies have developed from work that began in university science departments. These successes from the UK’s science base are now creating jobs and economic growth across the UK.

The event highlighted the importance of long-term government funding to science and the benefits it has on the UK economy. The UK science and innovation system produces 15.9% of the world’s most highly cited publications, with only 4.1% of the world’s researchers.

Robin has recently been appointed PPS to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and regularly speaks in local schools about careers and aspiration. He recently addressed pupils at the University of Worcester’s Skills for Tomorrow event, which was aimed at demonstrating the value of STEM subjects.

Robin said:

“It was great to see evidence that physics and chemistry in our universities are producing such innovative results which contribute so much to our economy. There is no doubt that science is an excellent option for young people planning their future careers.”

“I have been delighted to see the good work going on at the Department of Education to increase the take up of STEM subjects and particularly to encourage more girls to pursue studies in science. It was wonderful to see some more examples of science contributing to business success to sit alongside all the excellent examples we have locally in Worcester.”

“In the last few days through school visits and their support for industrial cadets I have been pleased to see local businesses Joy Global Inc and Mazak Europe getting young people involved and inspiring them for future careers.”

Professor Dominic Tildesley, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said:

“We have the evidence to show that Britain is a world leader in science and that Government investment in science boosts the UK economy. There are innovative projects and companies springing up all the time and we want to see a commitment to a long-term strategy for increasing investment to ensure that we all continue to benefit from our scientific success.”

Professor Tom McLeish, Vice-President, Science, at the Institute of Physics, said:

“Investing in science and engineering drives economic growth and is at the heart of advances and innovation in healthcare, communications and national security. The UK has a unique, interdisciplinary ecosystem of innovation between global businesses and universities that we must nurture if it is to deliver the innovation-based supply chains, manufacturing and exports of tomorrow.”

Notes to editors:

Photo attached of Robin Walker MP at the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics event held in Parliament on Tuesday 7 July. The event, Inspirational science for a modern economy, showcased recent success stories in UK science. The case studies can be viewed here:

http://www.rsc.org/globalassets/04-campaigning-outreach/campaigning/campaign-for-government-science-support/inspirational-chemistry-for-a-modern-economy.pdf?id=10935

http://www.iop.org/publications/iop/2015/page_65902.html