Chemistry lesson in session at Parliament

Greg met with representatives from the Royal Society of Chemistry to draw attention to the importance of scientific research in solving challenges that affect constituents in Tunbridge Wells as well as globally.

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 easy-to-obtain ingredients.

Greg got hands-on with the experiments, which included making a pH indicator using red cabbage, creating a colour changing neutralisation reaction, and making polymer slime. But behind the colourful chemicals was an important message about the prevalence of chemistry in everyday life.

He said: “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 profession, disseminate chemistry knowledge, and speak up to influence decision-makers.”

Dr Jo Reynolds, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Director of Science and Communities, said: “Our planet is facing critical challenges – from climate change to human health – and the chemical sciences have a vital role to play in advancing innovation and addressing those challenges.

“It’s important to ensure that policymakers have access to the evidence they need to make informed decisions. 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.”