Posted on 20 June 2016
The award is given for the Centre’s outstanding achievements in promoting science, supporting teachers, and inspiring students to take up STEM careers.
Two of the team were presented with their award at a ceremony hosted by television personality Hugh Dennis, which formed part of Chemistry Means Business - a two-day event organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
They were chosen from a shortlist of three by a panel of senior scientists and executives from industry, and receive a cash prize of £2,000.
Joy Parvin, joint Director of the CIEC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for all our efforts linking schools with industry over the years.
“During our flagship primary schools programme - Children Challenging Industry, running from 1996 to 2016 - we have worked with more than 40,000 children and nearly 10,000 teachers from 1,550 schools, and 124 companies. We of course carry out other initiatives with smaller numbers than this, but we have influenced huge numbers of teachers and pupils to ensure they have a balanced view of science, industry and related careers.”
Professor Duncan Bruce, Head of York’s Department of Chemistry, said: “I am delighted to see our colleagues in CIEC receive this award. For many years they have been promoting science in general, and chemistry in particular, to young people in close collaboration with both industry and teachers. It is wonderful that their hard work, dedication and vision is recognised in this way.”
Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is an honour to recognise the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners in our 175th anniversary year.
“We were founded in 1841 by a group of academics, industrialists and doctors who understood the power of the chemical sciences to change our world for the better. Our winners share that vision and are advancing excellence in their fields, whether through innovative research or inspirational teaching and outreach.
“We are proud to celebrate and support the work of inspiring and influential individuals, whose work has the potential to improve so many lives.”