Johnson Matthey encourages young people to understand the world of manufacturing at the Make it in Great Britain exhibit in London’s Science Museum...

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Science is our business and at Johnson Matthey, we are keen to educate the public – especially a younger public – on what science brings us in everyday life. In this way, we encourage young people to think about a future career in science and become part of the next generation of an R&D and manufacturing workforce.

So the chance to take part in the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum, London, in summer 2012 fitted perfectly with our outreach activities. The exhibition challenged outdated views of manufacturing, highlighting exciting developments and exploring the positive impact on our lives.

An Interactive Exhibition

Many big name companies – among them Mars, Airbus, Coca-Cola and the Royal Mint – took part. The Johnson Matthey stand, headed 'Reducing emissions using clever science', took visitors through the way that autocatalysts are produced, with an interactive display including a video game inviting the visitor to mix the perfect catalyst coating and help reduce emissions from a car.

Two special events were put on, allowing visitors to meet Johnson Matthey's employees and learn more about company activities. In the first, 'Make it your Future', young people could find out about a career with Johnson Matthey; the second session, 'Ask the Expert' allowed a direct Q&A.

The exhibition showed the many applications that science has in the real world and the Johnson Matthey stand highlighted the role that environmental technologies have to play in creating more sustainable ways of living and working.