Yorkshire and Humber science stars offered scholarship to world leading forum

19 January 2013

Organisers of the London International Youth Forum (LIYSF) have announced the ‘Young Yorkshire Scholar’ contest to offer the region’s brightest science hopefuls the chance to win a place on the world-leading event’s 2013 programme.

LIYSF – which celebrates its 55th year in 2013 – is a cutting-edge, residential programme that attracts student scientists aged between the ages of 17-21 from all over the globe. Each year in July, the brightest science students from the UK and 50 other countries come together in London for an action packed programme like no other.

Organisers of the Forum found that Yorkshire and the Humber – despite having excellent educational institutions – are vastly underrepresented at the event in comparison to other parts of the country. The UK delivers a strong presence at the event but LIYSF hopes to attract the region’s finest scientific talent with this contest.

The Young Yorkshire Scholar contest will require students to nominate themselves or be nominated by a teacher or lecturer via the LIYSF website link: www.liysf.org.uk/YorkshireScholar The contest is now open and entries must be received by Friday 22nd April 2013 to be considered.

The nomination will require a 250 word essay on a scientific project or research work that has been undertaken (this can be a school project) and a 150 word essay on what attending LIYSF will mean to the applicant. These can be submitted via email (details online). These will be reviewed by an independent judging panel before a student is selected to win the coveted Scholarship.




The package is worth over £1500 and includes accommodation, world-class lectures, visits, social activities and food for the two week, residential programme (a full list of what is included can also be found on the LIYSF website).

Over the two weeks, a range of must-see lectures will be delivered by the scientific community’s leading minds to complement some rare ‘behind the scenes’ visits at research labs, education facilities and more. 2012 saw students venture out to places such as the University of Cambridge Earth Sciences Department, Airbus, Rolls Royce and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Unlike many events for young scientists, LIYSF is designed to bring these talented, like minds together and not pitch them in competition. This reinforces the focus of the event which is to generate debate, ideas, shared practice and enthusiasm to assist in building the future careers of these promising young scientists.

Richard Myhill, Conference Director for LIYSF commented:

LIYSF offers a unique opportunity for participants to share ideas with student peers from around the world, to learn about different international scientific approaches and share in each other’s cultures.

We are excited to discover Yorkshire’s next scientific minds and get this region more actively involved in what promises to be our best programme yet.


Chris McRae from Australia said:

I have been immersed in various fields of science, many of which I never knew existed.


Gemma Prunes and Judith Bergada both from Catalonia, Spain said:

All the students are different but share the same interests in terms of science and a real wish to learn.


Daniel Morris from the UK spoke of his time at LIYSF and what it means to him:

LIYSF is being surrounded by people who are just as friendly, interesting and amusing as they are intelligent, dedicated and inspiring.

To keep up-to-date with announcements and news for LIYSF 2013 please visit: www.liysf.org.uk or follow @LIYSF on Twitter.

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