RSC’s Science and the Parliament
The light show ran for two hours on the side of David Hume Tower Lecture Theatres in Edinburgh’s George Square, capping off a full day of events in the capital – including our Science and the Parliament event.
Here, we brought together the Scottish scientific and political communities to discuss issues around sustainability, and there was also a parliamentary debate at Holyrood.
The debate discussed IYPT and our Elements in Danger campaign, which revealed that 82% of people have no plans to recycle or sell on their devices after they fall out of use, often unaware of the precious elements they contain, including gold and indium. Natural sources of six of the elements found in mobile phones are set to run out within the next 100 years.
It is hoped the parliamentary debate will also prompt discussion about the continued support of scientific research, STEM education, international collaboration, skills development and sustainability in order to continue Scotland’s legacy as a world leader in science.
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, who presented the keynote speech at Science in Parliament, said: "Continued breakthroughs in science and innovative technical solutions will be needed to meet many of the outstanding challenges, such as reducing our reliance on finite global resources by finding new ways to use and reuse materials and technology."
Dr Robert Parker, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: "We’re really pleased to have brought our message to the UK’s greenest city with a full day of events raising awareness of this critical issue at the highest level and literally highlighting the responsibility we have in ensuring our old devices are properly recycled. In the future, they could be needed for other technologies that we haven’t even discovered yet – for health, green energy, treating pollution and more."