Science has played a pertinent role in shaping our current society. Throughout the course of history, the role of science has progressed from mere experiments, to innovative and cutting-edge discoveries that are rapidly propelling us into the future.
Much of this progression comes from embracing the contributions science has had on the broader aspects of society and how it has inevitably shaped our economic, political and cultural landscape. As the theme for LIYSF 2019, science at the interface encourages us to do exactly that, consider science not as individual subject, but as a unified and collaborative discipline.
Combining different disciplines, such as technology, engineering and medicine, allows us to think outside the box, and reach new frontiers in our research and technology. An example of this concept in action, is the company ‘Zipline.’ This initiative uses a pre-programmed drone delivery system to transport medical supplies to local hospitals in parts of Africa. The impact of Zipline is seen not only through the 13,000,000 people this company provides urgent medical supplies to, but through its ability to revolutionise access to healthcare in rural areas through the combination of engineering and medical innovation.
Edible ’Ooho’ water-pods are another example of an interdisciplinary solution focused on reducing plastic waste. Created by a team of chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs, these water-pods have an edible outter membrane made of seaweed, ultimately providing a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic bottles. They were recently distributed at the London Marathon and were part of the organisations sustainability goals of reducing the number of plastic bottles from 760,000 to 215,000 at this 2019 event.
These brainchildren are just two examples of the interdisciplinary power of science, and their potential to redefine our social, political and environmental landscape.
LIYSF 2019 provides an opportunity to envision where this idea of science at the interface can take us, while encouraging participants to be ambitious and innovative changemakers that will drive us into the future.
This blog was written by Minushika Punchihewa
A three part-series A Glance at Women in STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is a rapidly advancing field and one that is essential to the future and survival of our society. However, not everyone is equally acknowledged or celebrated for their involvement. Historically, and still to this day, women are disproportionately represented in the STEM workforce. While the...
05 January 2021
With STEM education poised to take over the future, we are here to discuss the various career possibilities that a future professional in STEM might be offered. Which Science Fiction Could Turn into Reality? Predicting the future is beyond our current scientific capabilities, as the future is always going to be uncertain. We hoped to see flying cars by 2020; we hoped to see hover boards. But non...
28 December 2020
The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) sits at the forefront of scientific research and discovery. This means participants are offered extensive opportunities to engage and learn from some of the world’s leading researchers and scientists. This calibre of scientific excellence at LIYSF stems from the endorsement, support, and involvement highly respected academics, such as Profes...
04 December 2020