LYISF Eoghan Stanley

London Youth International Science Forum 2008

PLACE:    London       DATE:      23/07/08 - 06/08/08

These dates may mean nothing to you but as a participant of the London Youth International Science Forum (LIYSF) they will live on for eternity in each of our memories.

If I have just three pieces of advice to anyone going on this adventure, they are:

Eat well - as you don’t know when you might be around or awake for the main meals. Sleep anywhere - chair, bus or floor on friend’s room but not on the underground! Always wear walking shoes - you will be walking back and forth to the halls of residence, lectures and outings at different times of the day and night.

Conversations, debates and heated arguments were taking place in a variety of different places from the television room, elevators, halls, bedrooms and dining room. The only safe place I can recall was the bathroom. I think that this is to be expected when you bring 250 people together from over 40 countries all aged between 17 to 22. Simply the range of languages, different cultures and views of each individual are so vast that it’s bound to get a little heated. People grouped together to battle their corners and fight on topics like “managing the warming world” and “engineering the future”. These were just some of the lectures involving group discussion in which farmers, suburban dwellers and entrepreneurs tried to show their governments of respective countries “coal country” and “wind land” that they needed certain infrastructures, exports, transports systems, clean energy and a vision of the future.

This trip is full of interesting outings both cultural, scientific and relaxing trips to the theatre and local Court which is surprisingly open long into the night.  The scientific trips took place in such places as vast and different as the Antarctic is to the Sahara desert. I went to the “Department of Chemistry in Oxford”, “Department of Materials”, the “University of Warwick’s Electrochemistry & Electron Microscopy Department” and “The Science Museum”. In all of these places we were pushed to explore different areas of science, some of which were new to us all. We were shown and able to use new machines and techniques e.g. an electron microscope, a confocal microscope, an A.F.M and micro capillary.

For the lectures, we had two main types: group and specialist lectures. The specialist lectures I picked were “The impact of hydrogen cell technology on our future” by Maurice Brown, “Bioscience” by Maesha Deheragoda and “Telecommunication from the past to the future” by Dennis Chen. As you can see these take in a wide range of sciences. I thought it was too deep but the specialist lectures offer you the chance to ask questions. It’s the small groups and knowing that you’re not the only one a bit confused by it all. These lectures were very informative and the small groups made it very friendly and a bit easier to ask questions as the big groups intimidated you a little.

 
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The group lectures. These were not to be missed. Anyone who has ever been there or read these reports will know what I mean when I say a couple of key words. Bubbles, crazy naked man and the pink elephant. These words apply to the lectures “The magic of soap bubbles” by Dr Cyril Isenburg. “Chemistry of light” by Dr Peter Douglas and “Color is fun” by Dr Arthur Tarrant. These are a lot more than just two hours of sitting down. There is great interaction with the participants, challenges, a lot of laughter, gasps, and lights off lights on. The only way I found to learn that bit more was the question time at the end of every lecture. Here you could form your own opinion on the topic, challenge the guest lecturer and just listen to some great and not so great questions. Remember to ask the right question to receive the right answer.

On the social side of things there was a lot of fun to be had here. At the start we had the disco. Here you are liable to be dragged onto the dance floor by any member of staff. This disco can be quite good once everyone gets to know someone and the ice is truly broken. This soon happens as you’re a new family of two hundred people and begin to get closer in the next couple of days. This occurs through the sight seeing tours, theatre visits, pub or club outings. What ever you want to do as London becomes your new home town made that bit smaller by the wonderful underground.

Finally many thanks to Dr Michel Seery and D.I.T for choosing and sponsoring me on this trip of a life time. I have come back full of knowledge, interesting facts and a mind that is now more open to different sides of a story. I have gathered new friends from the far corners of the world and some near at hand. Many thanks too Claire Mulhall and Alexis Steberger who were always at hand and showed us the ropes. Then became friends to us all.

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The group lectures. These were not to be missed. Anyone who has ever been there or read these reports will know what I mean when I say a couple of key words. Bubbles, crazy naked man and the pink elephant. These words apply to the lectures “The magic of soap bubbles” by Dr Cyril Isenburg. “Chemistry of light” by Dr Peter Douglas and “Color is fun” by Dr Arthur Tarrant. These are a lot more than just two hours of sitting down. There is great interaction with the participants, challenges, a lot of laughter, gasps, and lights off lights on. The only way I found to learn that bit more was the question time at the end of every lecture. Here you could form your own opinion on the topic, challenge the guest lecturer and just listen to some great and not so great questions. Remember to ask the right question to receive the right answer.

On the social side of things there was a lot of fun to be had here. At the start we had the disco. Here you are liable to be dragged onto the dance floor by any member of staff. This disco can be quite good once everyone gets to know someone and the ice is truly broken. This soon happens as you’re a new family of two hundred people and begin to get closer in the next couple of days. This occurs through the sight seeing tours, theatre visits, pub or club outings. What ever you want to do as London becomes your new home town made that bit smaller by the wonderful underground.

Finally many thanks to Dr Michel Seery and D.I.T for choosing and sponsoring me on this trip of a life time. I have come back full of knowledge, interesting facts and a mind that is now more open to different sides of a story. I have gathered new friends from the far corners of the world and some near at hand. Many thanks too Claire Mulhall and Alexis Steberger who were always at hand and showed us the ropes. Then became friends to us all.

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The group lectures. These were not to be missed. Anyone who has ever been there or read these reports will know what I mean when I say a couple of key words. Bubbles, crazy naked man and the pink elephant. These words apply to the lectures “The magic of soap bubbles” by Dr Cyril Isenburg. “Chemistry of light” by Dr Peter Douglas and “Color is fun” by Dr Arthur Tarrant. These are a lot more than just two hours of sitting down. There is great interaction with the participants, challenges, a lot of laughter, gasps, and lights off lights on. The only way I found to learn that bit more was the question time at the end of every lecture. Here you could form your own opinion on the topic, challenge the guest lecturer and just listen to some great and not so great questions. Remember to ask the right question to receive the right answer.

On the social side of things there was a lot of fun to be had here. At the start we had the disco. Here you are liable to be dragged onto the dance floor by any member of staff. This disco can be quite good once everyone gets to know someone and the ice is truly broken. This soon happens as you’re a new family of two hundred people and begin to get closer in the next couple of days. This occurs through the sight seeing tours, theatre visits, pub or club outings. What ever you want to do as London becomes your new home town made that bit smaller by the wonderful underground.

Finally many thanks to Dr Michel Seery and D.I.T for choosing and sponsoring me on this trip of a life time. I have come back full of knowledge, interesting facts and a mind that is now more open to different sides of a story. I have gathered new friends from the far corners of the world and some near at hand. Many thanks too Claire Mulhall and Alexis Steberger who were always at hand and showed us the ropes. Then became friends to us all.

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