The 20th Schools Science Conference comprised the following exciting sessions:

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Science for ExperimentationYoung Scientists present their own work 
  • Science for Interaction
    • Science in Practice – A to D
    • Science in Practice – E & F
    • Give it a Shot!
  • Science for EducatorsCPD Teachers’ Workshop
  • Science for Inspiration
    • Keynote speech
  • Round-up & Prize Giving

Science for Interaction

Science in Practice – 1, 2 & 3

Interactive Exhibits 
Meet the Scientists and Healthcare Professionals

Hands-on interactive sessions where you meet scientists, try out some scientific equipment, undertake scientific assessments, answer questions for prizes and learn how science is applied to healthcare.

AND don’t forget to ask scientists what they do and why they love their jobs.

Give it a Shot!

Interactive Workshop 
Presented by the Royal College of Pathologists

Join The Royal College of Pathologists for an action-packed workshop all about vaccines, herd immunity and infectious diseases.

Led by pathologists and Clinical Scientists, Give it a Shot! offers students the chance to explore the consequences of choosing to vaccinate or not vaccinate, using the MMR vaccine as an example. 

The carousel of activities will include a hands-on wet practical and an interactive discussion about infectious diseases and vaccine hesitancy. Links to Key Stage 4 science curriculum:

  • Health, disease and the development of medicines

Science for Experimentation

Don Henderson Award

Young Scientists present their own work 

Prior to today’s event we asked you to undertake a research project that you will present to the other schools in your group. 

All presentations will be competing for The Association for Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine Trophyfor the Don Henderson Award.

The award will be presented at the end of the day.

Science for Educators

CPD Teachers’ Workshop

Embedding careers support in a STEM Club
Presented by Paula Bull of STEM Clubs London

Paula Bull of STEM Clubs London, provides a CPD Teachers’ workshop.

Help your students understanding and knowledge of STEM careers and employability skills.

Integrate real world context to your STEM Club activities, support the school careers plan and engage with STEM Ambassadors

This workshop is for STEM Club leaders looking to add value to their club and support students understanding and knowledge of STEM careers and associated employability skills.

The workshop will cover how a STEM Club leader can embed careers awareness, relate activities to real world context, engage with STEM Ambassadors and support employability skills. STEM Club leaders will learn how their club can be an asset to the school.

Science for Inspiration

What does science say about Climate Change?

Keynote Speaker
Hugh Montgomery

Twenty years ago, vested interests were running campaigns to say that human-induced climate change didn’t exist. The warnings of scientists were drowned out. 

Twenty years later, we all know the truth: science and lived experience tells us that climate change is very real, and very dangerous. 

But what does science say about the next 20 years? 
And what must be done?

Hugh is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL where he also directs the Centre for Human Health & Performance.

Amongst other things, he discovered the first ‘gene for human fitness’, has published >550 scientific research articles, & has won >8 (inter)national awards.

He has also worked in the field of climate change and health for over 20 years. He chaired the two Lancet Commissions on Human Health & Climate Change, & now the 5-year, 32-country annual Lancet Countdown on Health & Climate Change. 

He’s written & lectured extensively on the subject, and has briefed policymakers (inter)nationally. He was appointed London Leader by the Greater London Authority; has attended many of the international COP negotiations; leads the children’s climate education Project Genie; & co-led the ITV documentary on Floods and Climate Change (2020). He is helping to lead action to decarbonise the health sector in the UK and beyond. He was awarded the OBE in 2022 in part for his work on climate change and health.

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University College London

Science for…

The 21st Annual Schools Science Conference took place on 24th April 2024

University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish Street

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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The highest recognition for volunteer groups in the UK has been awarded to science4u