London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)

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 student event held annually in London which attracts 500 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 16-21 years old from more than 75 participating countries. LIYSF is held at Imperial College London and The Royal Geographical Society – with day visits out to other leading UK research centres and Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

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 across the UK
  • 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 Traditions of Home
  • Optional sightseeing tours of London, Stonehenge, Oxford and Cambridge
  • Optional visits to some of the best shows in London theatres
  • Accommodation is in London University Halls of Residences
  • Meals are provided throughout
  • Travel within the programme 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

LIYSF is a subsidiary and trading name of ECE Travel Ltd. 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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