LIYSF 2017

26th July to 9th August

LIYSF is set for another incredible year and we have an exciting programme to offer our students this summer.

Please see the pages in this section about what makes up the LIYSF programme. You can see the 2017 agenda here.

Applications for LIYSF 2017 will open soon. To apply click here

More information about LIYSF 2017 will be released soon, but do check out the below information about what happened at our 58th LIYSF.

Great Scientific Discoveries

LIYSF is delighted to announce that the theme at LIYSF 2016 will be; “Great Scientific Discoveries”. As always, LIYSF will cover all areas of science (STEM), but this underlying theme will be considered on our opening day, in the student debate and over the specialist study day.

Scientific discovery can be defined as the process or product of successful scientific inquiry. Discussions relating to “discovery” have become more complex as many use the term to refer to the process of inquiry and the outcome itself.  LIYSF will consider discovery from the narrowest definition; the “eureka moment” though to the widest; successful scientific endeavour.

LIYSF 2016 will dissect the process of scientific discovery. Are our current regulated testing processes and peer review models up to the task for modern discoveries? In some situations there is a desperate need for quick discoveries, for example in response to pandemics like Ebola. 

Do great scientific discoveries require a special kind of scientist? Some studies[1] have found that ‘creative scientists’ share some personality traits, including confidence, openness, dominance, independence, introversion as well as arrogance and hostility. We will consider to what extent this is true and how far from the mainstream, creative individuals have to diverge, if at all.

LIYSF will also highlight the highly respected science and research landscape of the UK, with our tradition of cutting edge research in leading universities and research institutes. From the discovery of Richard III in Leicester, to Tim Peake’s space mission, the creation of hydrogen fuel from water, work on the Rosetta mission and the Bloodhound SSC Project, UK scientists are constantly pushing science understanding and knowledge further. [2]

How scientific discoveries are communicated is a key factor in the modern world. Communication is a vital skill for every scientist.  Given our long tradition of excellence in science communication and public engagement, LIYSF will help give students the skills required to articulate their ideas in an effective manner and progress in the international scientific community.


[1] For overviews of recent studies on personality traits of creative scientists, see Feist 1999, 2006: chapter 5

[2] Thanks to support and information provided by British Council. For more information visit

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