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Inspiration is a powerful tool. It caninstil great passion in people, and drive them toachieve remarkable things. In many cases, that firsttaste of inspiration comes from a teacher. In the UK,interest in science at school has declined in recentyears, leading to concerns of a skills shortage inindustries dependent on those subjects. On page 18,we find out about a BP-supported programme – aptlyentitled Project Enthuse – designed to help scienceteachers reverse that trend, while a look at climatemodelling on page 48, advances in seismictechnology on page 8 and the innovation behind BPShipping’s latest fleet featured on page 28 are allperfect examples of how inspired thought helpsdrive the energy industry.
contents / issue 1 2009
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The story behind Azerbaijan’s‘contract of the century’. By Helen Campbell
Photography by BP Imageshop
The educationprogramme designed to help teachers inspire a newgeneration of scientists. By Hester Thomas
Photography by National Science Learning Centre
24 Ethical values
How BP’s compliance and ethicsagenda is meeting the very highest expectations.By Lisa Davison
Illustration by Serge Seidlitz
The new class of liquefied naturalgas vessels adding a touch of sparkle to the high seas. ByNick Reed
Photography by Stuart Conway
Interest in Brazil is on the risewith growth in tourism and businesses. BP is poised totap into that growth thanks to a strong presence in jetfuels, a well-established lubricants business and a newbiofuels venture.
visits the country to learnmore about this sleeping giant. By Paula Kolmar
Photography by Marc Morrison
Climate modelling is an increasinglyuseful tool in understanding the Earth’s climate andscientists at Princeton are leading the way. By Nina Morgan
Photography by NOAA
A new BP-supported exhibition hasbegun travelling around the UK giving insight into Chinesehistory and culture. By Hester Thomas
Photography from the Trustees of the British Museum
How a new BP website aims tohelp individuals better understand their carbon footprint,while offering tips to reduce it. By Helen Campbell
04 For the record
A snapshot of BP news and statisticsfrom around the world.
06The Big Issue
The Met Office discusses thechallenges and opportunities of using climate models.
Illustration by David Lyttleton
BP Australia’s national barista championmakes the perfect coffee.
Photography by Bill Bachman
08Science made simple
The technology helping BP‘see’ through salt. By Nic Welsh.
Illustration by Magic Torch
Music students gather for a very specialperformance. By Lisa Davison
Photography by Richard Davies
A look at a few ‘firsts’ from BP Shipping.
Revisiting BP’s connections with Chinathrough the past century.
Photography by BP Archive
66Parting shot:Freeze frame
Capturing an Afro-Brazilian artform in full flow.