Organising Group

The Annual Schools Science Conference is organised by

The 20th event, Science for Celebration, is produced in collaboration with University of Westminster.

The event’s main objectives are to:

  • Inspire students to study science
  • Demonstrate the importance of science in health and everyday life
  • Showcase some of the myriad careers open to those who study science.

The conference is exclusively presented by experienced professionals in the fields of science and healthcare, and attracts around 350 students from London secondary schools and further education colleges (years 9-11) along with their teachers. 

The backbone of the conference is made up of 80-100 enthusiastic volunteer scientists from various sectors, including NHS, academia, public sectors, industry, and commerce, who provide engaging hands-on displays.

The 2024 organising group comprised:

  • Don Henderson – Founder
  • Kimberly Gilmour – Co-Chair
    Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stuart Adams – Co-Chair
    Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sue Alexander – Secretary
    The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manfred Almeida – Treasurer
    Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Fred Bonful
    University of Westminster
  • Penny Fletcher
    The Royal College of Pathologists
  • Chris Gallimore
  • Paul Hudson
    University of Westminster
  • Thadcha Retneswaran
    The Royal College of Pathologists
  • Sharon Gage – Event Organiser
    SRG Project Management

Science for Celebration

The 20th Annual Schools Science Conference took place on 19th April 2023

University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish Street

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