When I first opened the email advising my selection for this forum, I was ecstatic. This would be the time of my life, I thought to myself. In reality, the forum was everything that I expected it to be yet nothing like how I imagined it. This is the overarching paradox that I will explore throughout…
My LIYSF journey started when my head of science told me about an exciting opportunity for two students from my school to attend the London International Youth Science Forum at Imperial College London. I had never heard of it before but from what I found by looking on the website, it looked like an …
To be able to attend this forum I had to win a national science competition in Mexico. It was a long process but every step of the way was worth it. First, we won the regional competition, then we won the nationals and the final price was the opportunity to participate at LIYSF.
I can tell you th…
When I first discovered LIYSF, I couldn’t imagine how life-changing and eye-opening this program was going to be. I had won a scholarship for a three-year-scientific program called Youth and Science from the Catalunya-La Pedrera foundation where we had the opportunity to do some research in local sc…
Hello, I am Salomé and I am from France. I was given the opportunity to attend the London International Youth Science Forum after participating at the Norwegian Contest for Young Scientists in March 2017. When I told my friends about my plan for this summer, they all thought I was going to a nerd ca…
Many questioned me when I told them I would be attending LIYSF, and the only answer I had for all of them was, “I don’t know, maybe it will be fun.” My Name is Kisaja Rivenaka Malkith Hewa Waduge and I’m from Sri Lanka.
This program completely flipped my life upside down. I’m sure that when I look …
Beginnings are always exciting!
I wouldn’t have thought the year 2017 would open such an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I first heard of LIYSF in class with my advisor. I remembered being there listening to his presentation as he showed us videos of last year’s LIYSF and I was amaz…
Science making life better. What a powerful line, right? For me, it is just the best definition there is to show the influence science has on our everyday lives. Science does indeed make life better!
My name is Andy, I am 17 years old, and all I can say is, I have been very very lucky enough to ha…
Coming to the UK as an international student may seem a bit overwhelming at first but it turns out to be the most amazing adventure! Everyone at LIYSF and London itself was really friendly and helped me whenever I needed any assistance.
Meeting peers from all around the globe was a wonderful expe…
In 20 years’ time, I am sure that I will look back on my youth and pinpoint LIYSF as one of the most positively transformative experiences of my life. I was 16 when Iattended, thanks to a grant from a local education group, and as I’m sure many of you have, up until LIYSF I had pursued science wit…
My name is Edmundo Balderas, I am from Mexico, and I can say that attending LIYSF has been the best experience that I have had in all my life, I can describe LIYSF just in one word and this word is “Amazing”.
I attended this science forum because my friends and I won a science fair with our proje…
Nicholas Kondal attended LIYSF 2016 representing New Zealand and had the following to say about his experience.
Has attending LIYSF demonstrated greater knowledge of available career paths in science and technology?
Before LIYSF, I had only ever heard about science and technology careers ava…
I was privileged to be one of the delegates representing British council-Famelab Egypt in the forum of its 55th year; it was really a unique opportunity for me to learn about so many things and to meet new people coming from 60 countries with different cultures and backgrounds. The counselors were v…
The London International Youth Science Forum has become unexpectedly, some of the most unforgettable weeks of my life. Before I attended they science forum, I had been told several stories by persons from Jamaica who had participated in the previous years. I listened and always wondered why they wer…
I attended LIYSF in 2005 and those two weeks showed me just how rewarding it is to be part of an international community with a shared excitement for science and it is an environment I have tried to recreate elsewhere ever since. LIYSF gave me an insight into studying abroad and the confidence to ap…
Many people asked me why I was applying, and later, why I was going, to the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), when I would miss weeks of school - which seemed critical as the forum was to be held just weeks from our final exams. Not to mention all of the fundraising that needed to be…
This year I was privileged enough to be one of the delegates representing BINUS International School Serpong in this great science forum in its 52nd year. There are no words that could possibly describe how exciting and wonderful this experience to me and how it has changed my perspective on science…
When going through the registration process for LIYSF, I must admit I was slightly sceptical about the testimonies and claims made on the website. I have attended a number of university courses in the past that have branded their courses as 'life changing' and talked of their participants being 't…
The science forum was more than just two weeks of lectures and visits; it was a way of broadening my horizons and meeting similar people from all over the world. As well as stellar speakers and lecturers, the scientific visits were an excellent opportunity to see how the various sciences are actually applied in the real world, and to experience the inside of research facilities that few people apart from those working there ever see.
Ed Hill, UK
Sincerely, LIYSF was a unique experience, I met people from all around the world, I learnt about different cultures, and overall I have reached a deeper and more mature perspective of our global society. Furthermore, I have learned a lot about a wide range of scientific topics. All in all, I can say that it was, without the shadow of a doubt an unrepeatable and one-in-a-lifetime experience
LIYSF not only exceeded all of my expectations, it also was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. To be able to celebrate science and learn with my peers from around the world was an amazing experience.
Con Moran, Ireland
LIYSF met and surpassed every expectation that I had of the scientific, social and communication programs held, despite having already very high expectations of the program. I loved every second of LIYSF whilst I was there, and looking back on it I have grown to love it even more, something which I didn't think would be possible.
Vivienne Wells, Australia
This experience has considerably changed my perspective on most aspects of life; … it also helped boost my confidence, as never before had I walked confidently up to a complete stranger only to be received warmly, and engage in conversation right away
John Murray-Bruce, Nigeria
LIYSF was an experience full of learning and fun. It provided a platform to experience different cultures; understand different points of view; get an insight into science; and make friends beyond the borders of nationalism
Sadan Nasir, Pakistan
There was also a whole range of social activities arranged for us…which included the Welcome Party; theatre trips; sightseeing tours; the great crossword treasure hunt; 'Songs of Home' with traditional songs from different countries… my favourite was definitely the International Cabaret with lots of performances from different cultures.. music, singing, dancing, comedy…
Nicky Reynolds, UK
The range of optional visits really did cater to everyone's needs. The people selected to attend the forum were not only brilliant scientists, but they were confident, sporty, musical and outgoing people. LIYSF was truly the best three weeks of my life, not only giving me the opportunity to meet new people and experience such a rich variety of fields within science, but it has given me the confidence to proudly claim the title of 'geek' and aim higher in my studies and life in general. My memories of LIYSF are like little rays of sunshine that really do brighten my day, and I will treasure them forever.
Katherine Mowbray, New Zealand
The forum itself was the most brilliant presentation of Science in its entirety that one could ask for. With the most diverse range of topics from in depth- Physics, to application of fluorescent light in night-clubs to the latest development in Stem-cell therapy. The way a 14 day forum broadened my perspective on Science was truly incredible
Anirban Poddar, India
The Science Forum is an experience I will never forget, I have learnt so much about science, different cultures, and above all, myself. This Science Forum has exposed me to stunning scientific research…and also introduced me to people whose views and opinions have changed my outlook …. LIYSF was undoubtedly the most incredible two weeks I have had in my entire life
Vaishnaavi Gnanasampathan, New Zealand
Words fail me as I try to begin describing my experiences at LIYSF. In short, it was magical; a microcosm of the future as envisioned by pioneering scientists. Yet, it was so much more. The well-chosen lectures and ensuing discussions created a wonderfully thought-provoking atmosphere that dramatically impacted how I think about several important issues. The visits to research institutes bestowed unique opportunities to gain new insights into the frontiers or science. Lastly, the people I met inspired me like none had before and became a part of me that I will cherish forever. I experienced both an intellectual and spiritual awakening at LIYSF, and I feel tremendously privileged to have had a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Kevin Lee, USA
I realised the real aim of LIYSF is to share visions and ideas and gain a better understanding of how science can benefit us all. The Lectures were highly captivating with such animated presentations. I found the discussion sessions most enjoyable as we were given a chance to indvidually express our views, analyse situations and consider others' points of views.
One major change that LIYSF made in my life is my career choice. All my life I 'thought' I wanted to do Medicine, but for the first time I was exposed to so many opportunities and choices in the field of science.
Fatima Surriya Haq, South Africa
LIYSF visits and social events could not have been better – these were the best ways to find some new friends. Also, the historical power of Stonehenge and Salisbury, breath-taking and magnificent castles of Windsor and Hampton Court, whose beauty cannot be described in words were also subjects of interesting historical speculations between us
Damian Kwiatkowski, Poland
I have just been accepted to attend New College at Oxford University. LIYSF formed a significant part of my personal statement. LIYSF also convinced me to visit new places in the world, including Australia where I spent one month there staying with four different friends made at LIYSF. You certainly weren't wrong when you said I'd make friends that would last a lifetime!
Daniel Morris, UK
Being a staff member gave me a different perspective on the forum but yet again I was amazed that people from all over the world, who's countries fight with each other bitterly over many issues, can come together and have the most diverse, intelligent and amazing conversations. From international politics to modern sequencing techniques, never have I come across such a wide breadth of conversation. LIYSF creates a truly special bond between people. Treasure the people you meet as you know they will be friends for a long time to come.
James North, England
As Head of Sixth Form sending students to LIYSF for over 15 years I can say that our students have gained greatly from the experience. Attending LIYSF has certainly helped many of our students gain places at the most prestigious of Universities and I know that for many, they have only been asked about LIYSF!
Lynn Hindley, Assistant Principal, The Fallibroome Academy
Its enriching, entertaining, and a gateway to unending opportunities! For me, LIYSF was a life changing forum. From career guidance to cultural bingo, scientific visits and sightseeing beyond London, it was second to none in its diversity.
Rizwan Ali, Pakistan
LIYSF has literally changed my life. The inspiring lectures, particularly listening to Professor John Ellis from CERN, and the interesting visits, especially to the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, have encouraged me to apply to study Natural Sciences to further my scientific knowledge.
Beth Evans, England
LIYSF has completely changed my perspective. I learned so much, from science to international relations and made so many friends that I will cherish. Coming back home feels like waking up from a surreal dream, that's how good it was!
Shakked Schwartz, Israel
In 2013, we sent a student and she has now progressed on to Somerville College at Oxford University to study Physics. We certainly feel that her experience at LIYSF played a big part in her successful application.
Nigel Pattinson, Head teacher, Ullswater Community College, England
I had an interview for a PhD placement and all they wanted to ask about from my CV was my experience at LIYSF. They called me back later on and told me I had the placement!
Sorcha Ní Mhairtín, Ireland