UWE hosts 'Express Yourself' conference for young scientists

Issue date: 30 June 2005


Issue date: 30/06/05

Over 100 young teenagers from 11 schools in the South West will visit the University of the West of England on Thursday 7 July to present the results of their scientific research to an ‘Express Yourself’ conference.

Schools attending include Balcarras School (Glos.), Brislington Enterprise College (Bristol), Bryn Hafren School (South Glamorgan), Cleeve School (Glos.), Hartcliffe Engineering Community College (Bristol), Kingdown Community School (Wilts.), Purbeck School (Dorset), Rednock School (Glos.), St Edwards School (Glos.), Yardleys School (Birmingham), Ysgol Brynhyfryd (Wales).

The conference, which is hosted by Bristol UWE, is one of five regional conferences promoted by Sheffield Hallam University’s Researchers in Residence initiative to encourage young people to study science-related subjects beyond the age of 16, by enabling them to meet real scientists and experience a proper scientific conference.

Small groups of pupils aged 13–16 will either present a short talk to other delegates or display a poster of their scientific research. Topics include giant squids, alien behaviour, natural dyes, and magnetism in space.

The best presentations and displays will go forward to the national ‘Express Yourself’ conference at the Royal Institution in London in September.

As well as mixing with dynamic young research scientists from all over the country whose areas of exploration range from planetary atmospheres to animal health, the school pupils will hear paleobiologist, Dr Sarah Fielding, talk about “Swimming with Sea Monsters”.

‘Express Yourself’ Organiser, Kerry Chester, said, “By meeting real scientists and experiencing the excitement of a science conference where delegates share their research with each other, we hope that some of these young people will discover interesting new avenues for future study and careers.”

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

The Researchers in Residence initiative is run by the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, with sponsorship from Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust, to link young research scientists with schools.

For further information, please contact:
Kerry Chester, Conference Organiser – Tel. 0117 971 2594 or 0794 128 2051

The programme for the event is attached and members of the press are welcome to attend at any time, although it will be easier to talk to delegates between 12.30 –13.30.

Programme

09.00 Registration desk opens
Schools can begin to set-up displays
10.00 Start of conference: Welcome & Introduction
Dr Paul Wilson
10.15 “Swimming with Sea Monsters”
Dr Sarah Fielding, Paleobiologist
11.00 Refreshment Break
11.15 Student Seminar session – groups of students give 5 -10 minute
talks about their research, followed by audience questions
Led by young research scientists
12.30 Poster Display session + lunch
Visiting scientists and engineers talk to students about their displays
13.30 “Soapbox Science”
In which students get to find out what our lively team of research
scientists actually do.
14.00 “Universally Challenged”
A quiz game based on the poster displays from earlier in the day
14.45 Refreshments
15.00 “Paul Wilson and his amazing robotic dog”
Paul demonstrates the fun side of his research…
15.15 Presentation of awards and certificates
15.45 End of conference

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