Plans for the 65th London International Youth Science Forum are well underway and a number of high profile speakers have been secured including Nobel Prize Winner Sir Gregory Winter. The Forum will take place between 24th July and 7th August 2024.
We continue to work with multiple partners African partners to expand the reach of our scholarship programme and are undertaking student selection interviews early in 2024. We are also planning to bring an African based trustee on to our board.
Karen from Kenya: “I enjoyed conversing and forming networks with well accomplished people who were well-versed when it came to offering socio-economic advice as a person of colour stepping into the global ranks, scientific advice in my future endeavors, and even how to take advantage of every last drop of the resources available to me.”
Priscilla from South Africa: “The London International Youth Science Forum was the best thing that ever happened to me. Building relationships with other students from all over the world and learning about their cultures, traditions and learning systems of their countries was the best thing in this Forum and this really supported this year’s LIYSF theme, “SCIENCE FOR UNITY”. The best part is that I have now discovered my career path and I am willing to work hard for it”
The 64th London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) took place between 27th July and 9th August 2023. The opening ceremony was attended by Katherine Mathieson Director of the Royal Institution and the keynote address was delivered by Nobel Prize Winner Professor Ben Feringa. We offered nine scholarships for African students to attend the Forum in person. Of these Karen, Brady and Abel attended from Kenya, Nshavo and Priscilla attended from South Africa and Yolanda attended from Zimbabwe. These African students took their place alongside over 400 other global young scientists for two weeks of lectures, debates, visits to science institutions and social and cultural interactions.
Due to a visa issue Kimani from Kenya was unable to travel to London, but he did attend the Forum virtually through the online platform along with over 12 other YoSA funded students from Kenya and Tanzania.
Yolanda wrote about her experiences at the Forum: “The Science Bazaar was extraordinary. It complimented this year’s theme ‘Science for Unity’ because it gathered brilliant young minds from eighty-four different countries who had projects that were focused on solving some of the world’s most notorious problems.”.
Preparations continue for the 64th London International Youth Science Forum which will take place between 26th July and 9th August 2023. We are pleased to announce the award of seven Young Scientist for Africa (YoSA) scholarships to support the in person attendance of talented young African science students at this year’s Forum.
Scholarships have been awarded to Priscilla and Nshavo from the Bright Young Leaders Initiative in South Africa, Karen and Bradley from Brookhouse School Kenya, Abel from the KEMRI Wellcome School Leavers Attachment Programme in Kenya, Kimani from Young Scientists Kenya and Yolanda from the Zimbabwe Science Fair. We are also supporting a number of students to participate in online attendance at the Forum.
We welcome Jess Scopel to our team as our administrative assistant and are grateful for the continued input from Manuel Tapia Barrios as our visa coordinator.
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