GSK announces support of the UK Young Scientist Award, 2017

GSK, the science-led healthcare company is further demonstrating its commitment to inspiring the next generation of talent by sponsoring this year’s UK Young Scientist of the Year Award (2017).

The award is part of the annual Big Bang Competition and is open to 11-18 year olds. It is designed to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

This is the first time that the national science award - which will be called the GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year - has received corporate support.

GSK’s Senior Vice President, UK and Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Nikki Yates, is part of this year’s celebrity judging panel.  She said: “I am passionate about making sure that the next generation of innovators and leaders in science and engineering are engaged early so no future talent is left uninspired or undiscovered.

“The GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year award is an important part of our overall commitment to discovering and developing young people through every step of their journey in STEM, from primary school to a rewarding career.” 

Paul Jackson, CEO of EngineeringUK who organise The Big Bang Fair, said: “The Big Bang Competition showcases the incredible talent of young scientists and engineers across the country. In sponsoring the UK Young Scientist of the Year Award GSK is sending out a strong message about the value of STEM skills and the opportunities they offer.”

As part of GSK's commitment to inspiring young people into science subjects, GSK has also become a principal sponsor of the new Medicine Galleries at the Science Museum, London, which will open to the public in 2019.

Nikki continued: “I encourage children and young people to join us at our interactive shows at The Big Bang Fair, to learn more about this year’s young scientists’ award entries and to start imagining how we could all help to tackle the world’s current and future healthcare challenges.

“GSK is constantly thinking about the next breakthrough and we want to inspire young people to dream big too.”

The GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year will be announced on 16 March, 2017 at The Big Bang Fair, Birmingham.


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