About Us

Discover who we are, what we do and learn about our rich history in chemistry outreach, which spans over 100 years.

The Salters’ Institute has an international reach.

The Salters’ Institute is the flagship charity of the Salters’ Company. Chemistry has been our passion since we were founded in 1918. Since then, we have continued to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of chemistry and related sciences. We connect learners and educators to opportunities that transform their perception of chemistry, what it can do, how it shapes our lives and the career pathways it offers. Chemistry opens doors.

Through our digital and in-person outreach, we provide creative, fun and inspiring spaces to explore chemistry, discover its potential as a subject, and recognise those who are using chemistry to make the world a better place.

 

Our Education Strategy

Developed in 2020, our 5 year strategy focuses on creating a sustainable talent pipeline that encourages engagement with chemistry from a young age. The Salters’ Institute’s innovative programmes are underpinned by four strands:

 

  • Chemistry for All
  • Chemistry for Scholars
  • Chemistry for Good
  • Chemistry for Community
Our History

Our History

Learn about how the Salters' Institute has led on innovation within science education.

Our History

Meet the Education Team

Meet the Education Team

Head of Education

Mariama Ifode-Blease

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Meet the Education Team

Head of Education

Mariama Ifode-Blease

Mariama joined Salters’ in 2020 following her role as Head of Outreach Solutions at the University of Oxford. Prior to this, Mariama worked in secondary and tertiary education, and community outreach. She has over 15 years’ experience in the public sector.

Mariama is a modern linguist, having completed her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, with a year abroad in Santiago de Compostela. Her MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on European Literature, Languages and History. Mariama is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fulbright Scholar and a qualified career guidance professional. Outside of education, she is also a priest in the Church of England and is committed to inclusivity and working to enable all to fully flourish and thrive.

If you were an element from the periodic table, which one would you be and why?

C – Carbon: Strong, versatile, solid at room temperature.

Meet the Education Team

Programme Manager (Awards and Alumni)

Elise Gerber

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Meet the Education Team

Programme Manager (Awards and Alumni)

Elise Gerber

After working within Education and Programme Management for the last 10 years, Elise thoroughly enjoys being part of an organisation that advocates for both chemistry and related sciences and positive change.

Elise is responsible for developing and delivering our many Salters’ Awards that are for both those in education and those in industry. Once an individual wins our award they are then invited to join our prestigious Alumni Programme that provides opportunities for individuals to connect with others in the chemistry and chemical engineering field, learn and grow from each other’s experience and skills through guest lectures and mentoring, as well as many other offerings throughout the year.

If you were an element from the periodic table, which one would you be and why?

F – Florine: Enjoys bringing a spark to anything she touches!

Meet the Education Team

Programme Manager (KS3-5 or Equivalent and Universities)

Samantha Howard

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Meet the Education Team

Programme Manager (KS3-5 or Equivalent and Universities)

Samantha Howard

Sam is the team’s resident chemist with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry. She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of chemists and make chemistry accessible to all.

Sam manages the Salters’ Institute Programmes for students in secondary and tertiary education. These programmes include Chemistry Club, Festivals of Chemistry and the Salters’ Outreach Ambassadors. She is responsible for the design, development and implementation of these programmes engaging with a wide number of partners including schools, universities and industry.

If you were an element from the periodic table, which one would you be and why?

Si – Silicon: Silicon is the main element found in sand, I love being by the water and every summer you will find me on the beach in Scotland with my family! It is also one of the primary elements found in glass and I am a transparent person with lots of versatility.

Meet the Education Team

Public Programmes Manager

Sheila Pott

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Meet the Education Team

Public Programmes Manager

Sheila Pott

Sheila is the Public Programmes Manager for both the Salters’ Institute and Salters’ Company, bringing the history, architecture and chemistry to life to learners for all ages. She looks after three core audiences in her role: families, schools and adults.

Sheila’s background is in museums and heritage with a focus on outreach and public engagement. She is passionate about inclusivity and accessibility in all her programmes, ensuring that everyone is empowered to find the joy within chemistry and their place within our story.

If you were an element from the periodic table, which one would you be and why?

Na – Sodium: I am often described as quite a bubbly and chatty person with a bright outlook so, if I was an element I would be sodium. Sodium creates bubbles when it reacts with water and when sodium burns it burns bright yellow and of course, sodium is most famous for its many useful compounds such as table salt.

Meet the Education Team

Communications Officer

Emma Rodgers

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Meet the Education Team

Communications Officer

Emma Rodgers

Emma joined the Salters’ Institute in 2020 as Programmes Administrator to support the Festivals of Chemistry programme, and became Communications Officer in 2021. She is responsible for ensuring that the key message and aims of the Institute are accurately communicated to our range of audiences in engaging ways. She manages the Institutes’ social media channels and website, creates the monthly newsletter, Salters’ Summary, leads on creating publications and supports the team to promote our programme of chemistry outreach.

Prior to this, Emma completed a MSci in Biology at the University of Bristol and is enjoying developing her skills in science outreach and communication.

If you were an element from the periodic table, which one would you be and why?

Ne – Neon: I am a very calm person so I’d probably be neon as it’s a noble gas and very unreactive. Neon is also non-toxic and poses no risk to the environment, and as someone who loves wildlife and nature, I aim to do the same!

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Outreach Officer

Aisha Hussein

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Meet the Education Team

Outreach Officer

Aisha Hussein

Aisha joined Salters’ in 2022 as an Outreach Officer to help support the Wild City Project. This project is aimed at Year 5 students and is run in two stages. It starts with a photography competition capturing biodiversity in the local area, and is followed by a design competition of a green space, giving the students a chance to compete for their designs to come to life in their school.

Aisha has a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and is currently undertaking a PhD in Ophthalmology at Kingston University.

 

If you were an element from the periodic table, which one would you be and why?

K – Potassium: Always willing to lend an electron (helping hand) to a friend/colleague in need.

Our strategy aims to:

  1. transform our audiences and reach and to directly engage children, young people (18-30) and adults
  2. develop and curate relevant and engaging content that speaks to our target audiences and contemporary issues
  3. create meaningful interactions and experiences that promote chemistry, science and the Company’s and Institute’s history
  4. recognise and celebrate excellence in the teaching and learning of, and leadership within, chemistry and related sciences
  5. foster and strengthen relationships with internal and external stakeholders with the aim of increasing our organisational visibility and brand recognition
  6. demonstrate and measure impact, underlining the value, reach and potential of our work.

Explore our outreach programmes

Our sustainable talent pipeline encourages engagement with chemistry from a young age through to adulthood.

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Chemistry Club

Chemistry Club is an innovative online learning platform for 11-14 year olds which sparks and nurtures an interest in chemistry through independent learning.

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Festivals of Chemistry

The Salters’ Institute’s Festivals of Chemistry are aimed at 14-16 year olds. Our Festivals encourage learners to ‘Discover Chemistry’ and explore chemistry as a subject and as a pathway to many careers.

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Awards Programme

Our awards programme recognises and celebrates excellence within chemistry and related sciences.

The Salters’ Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number: 328463).