The 63rd London International Youth Science Forum is fast approaching and we are excited to report that we have offered nine scholarships for African students to attend in person. This summer we look forward to welcoming Marina, Stephen and Olive from Kenya, Innocent and Sharifa from Tanzania, Tinovimbanashe and Yolanda from Zimbabwe and Zwivhuya and Rokunda from South Africa. For the first time we have implemented partial scholarships (covering the cost of registration) to increase the reach of our funds in supporting African students. We are also supporting a number of students to attend the Forum virtually through the online platform.
We are continuing to strengthen and extend our African partnerships as we progress our student selection process for scholarships for the 2022 London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). We are excited to be working with partners in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in identifying students for in person attendance at the Forum as well as understanding how we can support online hubs for virtual attendance of African students.
Previous scholarship awardee Marina from Kenya has reported back to us about her experiences of her online attendance at the 62nd LIYSF expressing excitement at the opportunities this opened up for her; “The London Youth Science Forum is an educative, eye-opening and inspiring program to attend. l have benefitted so much from the program for it gave me a new insight into the science world. It deepened my thirst for different science subjects. The science visits, posters, workshops and lectures all took my knowledge to a new bar. It was an opportunity to connect to many people from all over the globe…this has enabled me exchange ideas with them. LIYSF was a life-time opportunity for me.”
After a challenging year we are pleased to report that the 62nd London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) took place in July and was a great success. The Forum was run as a hybrid event with 60 students attending in person and over 400 students joining online from across the globe. The event was attended by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal in her new role as Patron. Students engaged with world class scientists from a number of disciplines including Professor Sarah Gilbert who led the Oxford University vaccine development team, former President of the Royal Society Professor Lord Martin Rees and celebrated space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
The pandemic prevented students from the Sub-Saharan region travelling to London to attend the Forum this year but we were pleased to support the online attendance of scholarship awardee Marina from Kenya. As well as engaging with the lectures and online visits, Marina had the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world. We look forward to continuing to support Marina, along with our other alumni students, as they pursue their careers in science enhanced by their experiences and connections from LIYSF.
We start this report with the very sad news that our co-founder and trustee, Tim Rooke, passed away in February 2021. Tim was a huge driving force behind our efforts to support African young scientists and held this cause very close to his heart. Inspired by his energy we will continue the work that Tim started in empowering as many students as possible to benefit from the life changing opportunities your donations provide.
Plans for the 62nd London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) are well underway. This year’s LIYSF will be a hybrid event with attendees gathering in person in London and joining virtually from all over the globe. Students will engage with world class scientists from a number of disciplines including Professor Sarah Gilbert who led the Oxford University vaccine development team, former President of the Royal Society Professor Lord Martin Rees and celebrated space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
Whilst it is not feasible to bring African science students to London this summer we are working with our partners and alumni to enable students to join online from various African hubs and setting in places structures for a sustainable approach for virtual and in person attendance at future LIYSF events.
The primary objective of Young Scientists for Africa is to sponsor enthusiastic and talented young students from sub-Saharan Africa to attend the prestigius London International Youth Science Forum in London held in July for the past 61 years. Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal has recently agreed to be the patron of LIYSF, following in the footsteps of her father, Prince Philip.
The 2020 LIYSF conference was cancelled due to the Corona Virus so we were unable to sponsor students for that event. However, the 2021 event, being held between 28th July and 11th August 2021, is to go ahead, currently as a virtual STEM Programme. To this end we are considering how to sponsor students for the event, bearing in mind the availability and reliability of technology in certain part of the African continent, and suitablity of study rooms for the students in their own locality.
We are very hopeful that we can sponsor students for the 2021 LIYSF event and thereby offer them a lifetime opportunity to develop and pursue their passion for science. Like their alumni we expect them to take forward the learning in their chosen scientific area for the benefit of themselves and their country, where scientists are urgently required.
Any further sponsorship you are able to provide will be gratefully received.
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