We aim to be good neighbors in the communities where we live and work. Our community efforts focus primarily on science education, with the goal being to ignite a passion for science in young minds.
We partner with our neighbor Actelion on several opportunities to invest in children’s science education. First, we jointly host the annual Elementary School Days, where around 250 fourth-year students from Allschwil participate in various science experiments to inspire budding scientists in our community. The students have a great time making goodies for the home (lip balm and bath bombs) and for recreation (slime), as well as setting off (and taking cover from) the Mentos-Coke geyser fountains. We were happy to be able to help make science fun and interesting for potential future recruits!
We also welcome fifth-year students from Allschwil. They are invited to put aside their schoolbags and pick up some scientific tools to become investigators and solve the mystery of who robbed the bank! Each year, around 250 aspiring crime-scene investigators have to compare ink samples on paper, take and analyze fingerprints, investigate hair samples, conduct a powder solution test, and check for particles under a laser light to find the criminal. Can they identify the bank robber? Will justice be served?
We also cater to the more advanced regional high school students by offering a series of summer lectures about life in the pharmaceutical industry. Finally, we are proud to take part in National Future Day, where children related to employees of Idorsia and Actelion can participated in CPR training, lab experiments, and get to see what their parents do at work all day.
Of course, all of these activities are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic at the present time, but we hope to be welcoming visitors again soon!
“It was really cool – I especially liked making the slime and the hair gel. I may be a scientist when I grow up, but I still want to be a footballer first.”