Published on: 22 August 2019

Year 12 student George Schulz recently returned from the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). George spent two weeks in London staying at the Imperial College with 35 other Australian students immersed in all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

George attended the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane earlier this year as a precursor to the International Forum, with other sessions of NYSF also running at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

The aim of these science forums is to engage students interested in STEM and empower them to pursue further studies and careers in these fields.

“Much of my time at the forum was spent attending science lectures on a variety of specialist topics by presenters from all over the world,” explains George.

“We also had the opportunity to visit a number of universities, research facilities and places of interest. With visits to universities like Cambridge and Oxford and companies like Rolls Royce and Airbus, we were always learning.”

“There were also opportunities to visit historical landmarks such as Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London as well as museums, art galleries and theatre shows.”

“This was a fantastic opportunity as I discovered fields of Science I never knew existed, such as Quantum Biology. In many lectures and talks we were invited to consider big picture questions around things like artificial intelligence and the ownership of space.”

“I would like to thank my Noake House tutor, Dr Claire Molinari who supported and assisted me throughout the application process and the Rotary Club of Elizabeth Quay for their sponsorship of me to NYSF and beyond.”

“I would strongly encourage all current Year 10 students with an interest in STEM to consider applying for the NYSF in 2021 as it really has been an incredible journey.”