Social enterprise unveils new patron to mark its 15th year

A Cardiff-based social enterprise that creates scientific experiences for youngsters has unveiled a new patron as it gears up for its 15th year celebrations.

Science Made Simple, which was set up in 2002, has announced Dr Helen Czerski as its latest patron. She’s a well-known physicist and a research fellow at University College London.

The appointment follows news that founder Wendy Sandler has been awarded with an MBE in the Queen’s speech. Speaking of the appointment, Wendy said: “We’re so excited that Helen has agreed to become our new patron.

“Helen has a huge curiosity about the world and a gift for seeing the wonder in the very simple things around us and how they work.

“She has reached millions of people through her popular science books, columns and TV programmes and she is a fantastic role model for scientists communicating their passion to the world.”

Dr Czerski, who’s presented for BBC programmes such as Horizon and Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, is the organisation’s first female patron. This is important to Wendy.

“We are huge advocates of woman in STEM. This is one of the key principles of our organisation; it is vitally important we encourage more young females into these areas,” she said.

“Helen will help us push this forward immensely as well as continue the good work of our former patrons Adam Hart-Davies and Professor Jim Al-Khalili.”

The organisation currently employs 17 members of staff and works with schools by creating and providing interactive performances for pupils – in a bid to inspire future scientists.

Over the past 15 years, Science Made Simple has had the opportunity to work in more than 30 countries across the world – breathing life into STEM subjects for thousands of young people.

Dr Czerski, who is also a published author, said: “People are surrounded by science but very few fully understand it. As it is such an important part of our existence, it is vital that the principles behind it are understood,” sh

“Science Made Simple challenges people’s understanding and delivers it in an enjoyable and interesting format and shows that it is nothing to be scared of.”

When asked what science made simple does for young people, Dr Czerski said: “The curriculum can only cover so much. Teachers have limited time, so having an external resource such as science made simple is a fantastic way of engaging young people.”