IOP at Science and the Parliament 2018

© GBPhotography / Royal Society of Chemistry

On 14 November, the IOP attended the 18th Science and the Parliament at Dynamic Earth, Holyrood, an annual gathering of the scientific and engineering community of Scotland. Its aim is to foster relations between policy makers and scientists and is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with other scientific organisations.

These events serve to highlight the importance of science and engineering to Scotland, and hopefully the achievements of the physics award winners will inspire the next generation to take up STEM as a career.

This year the theme was on education and skills on the back of the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy for Education and Skills. There were keynote addresses from the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Richard Lochhead, and Fellow of the IOP and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Professor Sheila Rowan.

© GBPhotography / Royal Society of Chemistry

There was also a session on the “Tapping all our Talents” report recently published by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which tackles the issues around gender imbalance in STEM.

Prizes were also awarded for the top scoring students in Higher and Advanced Higher sciences. The winners for physics were:

Advanced Higher – Hamish Ablett – Wellington College

Higher- Emma Martin – St Ninian’s High School

Higher – Magdalena Smolkova – Dollar Academy


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