Sustainability in action
Engaging young people in STEM
“There is growing evidence that, for a significant number of children, educational attainment gaps have increased, and the disparity between the advantaged and disadvantaged will almost certainly continue to increase without intervention. That’s why it’s more important than ever to engage young people in STEM.” – Helen Slaski, CEO, Cambridge Science Centre.
Abcam has a proud history of engaging with charities and organisations in supporting young people to study STEM subjects and enter scientific careers. Through these partnerships we work to improve access, increasing the pipeline of STEM professionals, promoting social mobility, building a more diverse workplace, and increasing science capital.
Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) engages children, their teachers and families with STEM, showing that it’s exciting, inclusive and can be ‘for them’. Abcam’s UK Charity Committee has donated to and developed an ongoing relationship with CSC. Helen Slaski, CEO, acknowledged that they “need strong partnerships with world-leading STEM organisations to share knowledge and help us deliver world class engagement that fires up the next generation of learners to be inspired and find their place as STEM professionals of the future.”
Abcam also has a longstanding collaboration with In2Science, an award-winning charity founded by research scientists with the mission to help young people from underrepresented backgrounds progress to science degrees and professions. Our involvement with the charity started in 2016 and continues to develop. Each year, we host a programme of events and mentor students to showcase careers and studies in STEM.
CEO, Cambridge Science Centre
Through our ongoing commitment to engaging young people in STEM we demonstrate our impact and commitment to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, particularly Quality Education (SDG4).