21 Oct 2014
The achievements of exceptional young physicists, biologists and chemists have been recognised for their school work at the 2014 Young Scientists of the Year (YSY) event on 8 October.
The event included a keynote presentation from Professor Helen McShane – a leading infectious disease expert at the University of Oxford – and supported by short talks from young researchers, apprentices and other representatives from the sciences who will hopefully have inspired some of the YSY students to think about different aspects of a future career in science, maths and engineering. On behalf of SCI, there was an entertaining and informative talk by Martin Elliott, Director of Chemical Relations Ltd.
Some 87 secondary school scientists from across Oxfordshire were presented with certificates at the biggest ever Young Scientist of the Year awards.
More than 300 students, parents and teachers attended the third annual ceremony last Wednesday night at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Hosted by education charity Science Oxford, the event asked teachers to nominate their best Year 13 students in the three science subjects. Schools nominated one student for each subject based on exam results, progress in class or just enthusiasm and commitment.
Organiser Brian Mackenwells said:
'We had some inspiring and moving nominations from science teachers. The number of student nominations has gone up by 20 per cent in the past three years, showing more schools are keen to be involved in the celebration and more teachers can see the benefit of acknowledging talent in biology, chemistry and physics.'
The awards are supported by Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and international science business forum SCI.
Science Oxford is a part of independent charity the Oxford Trust, established in 1985 by Sir Martin and Audrey, Lady Wood, co-founders of Oxford Instruments. Their aim was to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise across.