Science for Survival

The 12th Annual Schools Science Conference was held on 22nd April 2015 at University of Westminster

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Science for Survival

The theme of the 12th Schools Science Conference is Science for Survival

The content will cover the challenges that face us today.

This will include sustainability as well as healthcare topics and will range from antibiotic resistance to engineering solutions for water and food for all.

  • Superbugs
    • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
    • Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    • Clostridium difficile
    • Klebsiella pneumoniae
    • Escherichia coli (E coli)
    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB)
  • Antibiotic resistance
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Without effective antibiotics, many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations and chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.
  • Energy supply
    How to meet our needs without increasing CO2 – growing demand means we need greater supply, cleanly-generated
  • Managing resources
    Oil, gas and coal (our traditional energy sources) are finite; it’s only a matter of when fossil fuels run out
  • Rare earth metals
    In 2011, costs rose 750%, hindering development of green technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines
  • Deforestation
    Causes extinction, climatic change & desertification – more than half of all plant and land animal species live in tropical forests
  • Food supply
    Although we can relieve hunger through technical measures, the political causes require solutions as well
  • Water management
    780 million people still lack access to clean water; thousands perish daily for lack of it
  • Global temperature rise
    10 warmest years since 1880 in last 12 years – small changes in temperature correspond to enormous changes in the environment
  • Declining ice sheets
    Rapid decline in decades Antarctica and Greenland have been losing an estimated 405 billion tonnes per year
  • Sea level rise
    Global sea rose 17cm in the last century 39% of the world’s population live within 100km of the shoreline
  • Warming oceans
    Rising 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969 – ecosystems are very sensitive even to modest change
  • Ocean acidification
    Increased 30% since Industrial Revolution – corals, plankton, shellfish and some fish could be gravely affected
  • Marine plastic
    Toxic plastic pieces are eaten by fish; fish are then consumed by humans, resulting in ingestion of toxins
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Science for Experimentation

Witness riveting presentations and we unveil which school clinched the coveted trophy



Explore captivating snapshots captured during this year’s Conference


Challenge yourself and put your newfound science and healthcare knowledge to the test


Discover more about the sessions and view a digital version of the programme


Delve into the reception and gauge the resounding acclaim achieved by the Conference

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A heartfelt thank you to all the contributors who have brought this event to life

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Organising Group

Meet the visionary minds steering Science for Survival: the Committee members