ABPI launches lesson plan to encourage girls into a STEM career

Rachel Cresswell 08 March 2018

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has launched a lesson plan to coincide with International Women’s Day, encouraging young scientists to consider a career in STEM.

IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, the theme is #PressforProgress and the ABPI is focusing on how, as an industry, the pharmaceutical sector can encourage more young girls to consider a career in STEM.

The lesson plan includes practical objectives and challenges for classes ranging from key stage three, four and five. It uses examples of famous female scientist through history to inspire the next generation to consider a future career pushing back the boundaries of science, including Marie Curie – the first woman to win a Nobel prize – and Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist.

It is being made available to teachers and school leaders through the ABPI website and through Tes (formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement) – a resource hub for teaching materials. The lesson plan comes as the ABPI works across bioscience, government and academia to address the skills shortages in areas such as maths, bioinformatics, statistics, data and informatics, computational skills, and translational medicine and clinical pharmacology.

Andrew Croydon, Head of Education at the ABPI, said: “Our industry is dedicated to improving patients’ lives with innovative and life-changing medicines. We want to inspire and encourage the next generation of female leaders in STEM who could pursue a career which pushes back the boundaries of medical science, and hope this lesson plan – with inspiring stories of famous female scientists – is the first step towards empowering more young girls into STEM careers.”


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