Founded in 1959, LIYSF aims to give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of all mankind and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations.


LIYSF is a two week residential event in London which attracts over 500 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 17-21 years old from more than 65 participating countries.

The modern world still presents new challenges and the scientific advancements continue to increase. How science moves forward in the future with the thinkers of today and the questions to be asked comes from those attending LIYSF.

Participants join in a programme of:

  • Lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists
  • Seminars, debates and discussions on scientific topics of world concern
  • Visits to industrial sites and research facilities
  • Visits to academic research centres in London, Oxford and Cambridge
  • Visits to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum
  • Opportunity to present project investigation work at our Science Bazaar
  • Social activities, including discos, inter-hall competitions, a light-hearted international cabaret and an evening of Songs of Home.
  • Optional sightseeing tours of London, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Windsor and Hampton Court
  • Optional visits to some of the best shows in London theatres
  • Accommodation is in London University Halls of Residence. Meals are provided throughout the Science Forum and free travel to all scientific visits and programmed events.

For two weeks, the participants living together as an international community can exchange their ideas and experiences of the world to fulfil the aim of the Science Forum: to give a greater insight into science and its application for the benefit of all mankind.

LIYSF is powered by ECE.  ECE creates group educational, cultural, special interest and sports programmes each with a unique point of difference.  We open up the countries we visit by combining hands-on enriching cultural activities and outdoor adventures with access to fascinating people, places and events.  Such experiences reflect well for future access to universities and employment opportunities. 

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