As I discussed in my last post I have been out of the office for the last week and only just had the chance to watch the mammoth evidence session at the Science Select Committee by David Willetts (minister for science and innovation). He was there for three topics, the first of which was the strategically important metals I previously gave evidence at for the RSC.
I was delighted to hear the minister repeatedly refer to the work we are doing with the Technology Strategy Board and the Materials and Environmental Sustainability KTNs when discussing how industry was being supported (although he didn't refer directly to KTNs despite experts from all three helping prepare his brief!).
Most pleasing was Willetts waving around our Endangered Elements Periodic Table from the Chemistry World article earlier this year: www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2011/January/CriticalThinking.asp
He found it 'particularly useful for the layman'. For those still having trouble with all the elements and what they do, perhaps this is a good place to start: www.youtube.com/watch?v=afFw91fvNJM