Who Are They?

Knowing whether water is safe to drink or to use is very important. We can see when water contains large impurities like dirt and leaves, we can’t see microbes or chemicals that are lurking in there.

Palintest develop and sell products that can be used to test and analyse water quality. That could be water that has been processed in a water-treatment works (sewage works) and that will be returned to the environment, or it could be water in swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools or spas.

They also sell products to test soil quality through analysing the water in the soil.


Palintest have a wide range of different jobs to allow them to manufacture and sell their products, and to support the customers who buy them.

  • Research chemist
  • Process chemist
  • Technical Sales manager
  • Electronic Design Engineer
  • Quality improvement manager
  • Electronics engineer
  • Innovation officer
  • Financial controller
  • Software developer
  • Callibration operator

Science and Maths links

Topics in science and maths that link to Palintest and its products:

  • Communicable diseases
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Assessing purity
  • Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means
  • Obtaining potable water
  • Statistics – sampling populations and distributions
  • Accuracy

Procter and Gamble

Procter and Gamble

Who Are They?

What do having a shower, washing the pots after dinner and changing a baby’s nappy have in common?

They all involve making things cleaner.  And Procter and Gamble have products which are used for all three.

Procter and Gamble is a company which develops and manufactures lots of different products which help people to make their world a little bit more pleasant.

The company started out making soap and candles, but now produces a wide range of home and personal care products from Fairy liquid, Pampers, Gillette, Tampax and Ariel.  But not candles nowadays!

The company has offices across the world.  The Innovation Centre in Longbenton, Newcastle is one of the sites where new products are developed.


Jobs that people working at Procter and Gamble have include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Measurement scientist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Model maker
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Physical chemist
  • Brand marketing
  • Information technology
  • Network engineer
  • Microbiologist

You can read about some of the people who work at P&G, and watch some short films on the company’s careers website.

Science and Maths links

Topics in science and maths that link to Procter and Gamble:

  • Particle model of matter
  • separating mixtures
  • acids and alkalis
  • earth resources

Newcastle International Airport

Employer: Newcastle International airport

From newcastle to the world

Air transport is essential for economic growth and development of regions, as it connects people and goods on a local, national and international scale. Newcastle International Airport is no different. In 2017, 5.4 million passengers traveled to and from Newcastle, and the airport itself helped regional businesses to generate £350 million pounds in exports.

From Newcastle Airport you can travel the world with 80 direct flight destinations including a few transatlantic destinations in America.

In this short film you can find more about the airport vision for 2035, when it celebrates it’s 100th birthday.

Complex operation

Running an airport 24/7 and 365 days a year is quite very complex task because it is not just about flying! There are many teams working together to ensure a smooth day-to-day operation of the airport: security services (screening passengers and patrolling premises); passenger services (helping people with reduced mobility to or from aircrafts); fire brigade (ensure a fast response in case of emergency); air traffic control (helping aircraft land and depart safely and on time) to name just a few.


There are  a wide range of different jobs available within the airport that use STEM:

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airport Operations Officer
  • Airside Agent
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aviation Meteorologist
  • Data analyst
  • Fire Fighter
  • Pilot
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Marketing
  • Financial planner

Science and Maths links

Topics in Science and Mathematics that link to Newcastle International Airport.

  • Trigonometry
  • Bearings
  • Statistics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum (especially X-rays and microwaves)
  • Chemical Analysis (in security)
  • Communicable diseases
  • Biodiversity and the effect of humans on different ecosystems

This resource was produced as part of the FutureMe project.


Oilseed Rape field By James Mason-Hudson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Employer: Syngenta

The Challenge

The population of the world is growing. To make sure everyone has enough food to eat, we need to be able to grow nutritious food and make sure it gets to where it’s needed. However, factors such as climate change, environmental damage and the increase in the number and size of cities mean it’s getting harder for farmers to grow sufficient food.

Who are Syngenta?

Syngenta is a biotechnology company based in Switzerland, with sites across the UK, including in Grangemouth, Manchester and Huddersfield. They sell seeds, and also develop pesticides – chemical compounds which protect crops from weeds, insects and disease, which hence help to improve crop yields and reduce the proportion of crops which are destroyed. They also use selective breeding to create varieties of plants and seeds that are naturally resistant to disease and insects, or that are better at coping with the effects of heat or cold.

“One third of all pansies in the world are Syngenta pansies”

They also sell turf, ornamental plants and flowers. Flowering plants aren’t just pretty to look at: they can help promote biodiversity by sustaining pollinating insects.

Syngenta researcher Dr Melloney Morris was filmed for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Faces of Chemistry project. Three short films were produced:

(You’ll find other films here and here. They cover similar topics, but with slightly simpler and more A-level language respectively).

This resource was produced as part of the FutureMe project.


Syngenta is a very large company, with a wide range of different career routes:

  • environmental scientists
  • ecotoxicologists
  • bioscientists
  • biologists
  • toxicologists
  • plant pathologists
  • microbiologists
  • chemists
  • formulation chemists
  • process engineers
  • chemical engineers
  • construction and maintenance staff
  • civil and infrastructure engineers
  • data analysts
  • mathematical modellers
  • Accountants and financial planners
  • IT specialists including software engineers
  • Sales and customer support
  • quality assurance managers

Science and Maths links

Topics in science and maths that link to Syngenta and what the company does:

  • plant reproduction
  • biodiversity
  • ecosystems
  • photosynthesis
  • respiration
  • plant cells
  • eutrophication
  • nutrition
  • genetics