On Thursday afternoon I spent an hour in the office of Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He works in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
I was in his office taking photos of a meeting he had with 8 school students of varying ages who had attended an event called Unconference. They were a group of young science students brought together as part of the L’Oreal Young Scientists initiative. At this event they had discussed, at great length, the participation and interest of young people in science in the UK and what they think could be done to improve it.
Their conclusions from Unconference were presented to Dr Cable and a lively group discussion took place. Dr Cable took great interest in their findings and was delighted that there was such enthusiasm for improving the level of interest in science amongst young people.