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Science education

Inspiring the next generation of scientists and improving public awareness of our industry

We believe it’s important that young people are engaged, inspired and enthused by science to ensure we grow the next generation of scientific talent. We also want to improve understanding of our industry and what's involved in developing new medicines. That's why we have developed a number of school initiatives, run by our STEM and SIP ambassadors, and support wider public education and awareness. 

 

STEM Ambassadors

In the UK, over 400 Pfizer colleagues volunteer as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadors by visiting schools, attending science fairs and hosting students. The aim of the programme is to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their value in both life and as a career.
 


Margaret Mortlock, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Pfizer UK, collecting the Royal Society of Chemistry 'Inspiration & Industry Award 2019' on behalf of Pfizer UK

The efforts of our STEM ambassadors were recognised in 2019 when Pfizer was awarded with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘Inspiration & Industry Award’ as well as being ‘Highly Commended’ at the STEM Learning* Inspiration Awards.

For the 2018/19 academic year, our outreach grew substantially, reaching over 41,500 students from 185 schools via 212 outreach activities including:

  • Big Bang events
  • Careers fairs
  • School science days
  • Work experience

 

SIP Ambassadors

To further support the work of the STEM programme, some Pfizer colleagues have trained to become SIP (Science Industry Partnership) ambassadors. This network aims to combat the potential skills gap highlighted in the government’s Life Science Industry Strategy, nurturing home-grown talent to build a globally competitive science-based industry in the UK.

SIP ambassadors are industry professionals who share their knowledge and experience to inspire and enthuse young people into careers within STEM. They engage with young people, teachers, career advisors and parents to provide advice and guidance about the various opportunities available when pursuing a science-based career.

 

School Initiatives

 

Developed by Pfizer employees from across the UK, our 'Science in a Box’ educational programme is available to primary and secondary schools.

 

Working alongside the PSHE Association and National Schools Partnership, 'Superbugs: Join the fight' is designed to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance to school children.

 

The 'Community Lab' provides schools near Sandwich, Kent with access to an industrial-standard laboratory.

 

'Lab in a Box' enables schools in the surrounding areas of Sandwich, Kent, to borrow specialist science equipment.

 

Public awareness

 

Working alongside the National Schools Partnership, we developed a school programme to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance amongst school students and their teachers.

 

We sponsored a Science Museum exhibition, "Superbugs: the Fight for Our Lives", which explored the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

 

Sharing the work our scientists do to inspire future generations.

*STEM Learning are working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Network manages the STEM Ambassadors programme. STEM Learning continue to work very closely with Pfizer and support a number of dedicated Pfizer STEM Ambassadors, all supporting STEM education in schools and non-school groups.

PP-PFE-GBR-2396 / March 2020