Science down under

Posted on 23 October 2017

Dr Annie Hodgson recently accompanied five talented A-level science students to attend the 39th International Science School (ISS) in Sydney, Australia.

The UK ISS scholars enjoy some winter sunshine by Sydney Harbour (l:r Jack Saville, Ocean Bach, Aamna Irfan, Farihaa Motala and Benedict Yorston)

The ISS is a two-week celebration of science held every two years at the University of Sydney. Students are invited to attend from China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK and USA, joining their fellow scholars from across Australia.

Lectures are delivered by world-leading scientists, complemented by a range of activities covering all branches of science. This year the main theme was “Future Power”; looking at greener and cleaner ways of keeping our increasingly technology-driven lives going through the 21st century.

The students from across the world made firm friendships as they worked and played together in teams led by enthusiastic and energetic former ISS scholars. There were opportunities to go sight-seeing in and around Sydney, including a truly memorable night0time Sydney Harbour cruise with a dinner and disco.

Annie said “It was an honour to be invited to accompany these wonderful young people and to share their adventure in such an amazing city.”

The next ISS will take place in July 2019, when the participants will be celebrating 50 years since the first manned moon landing.

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