Science Bazaar at 61st LIYSF
The LIYSF Science Bazaar provides an opportunity for participants to present their own research projects and engage in scientific discussions with a community of global young scientists.
In 2019, 145 LIYSF participants filled the rooms of the Royal Geographical Society with their inspiring research, vibrant discussions and palatable energy. Passion and curiosity for science were undoubtedly the driving force behind bringing this global science community together.
“Seeing the ability of science to bring people together has been one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life” – Ellie, Australia
For many participants, the Science Bazaar would be their first time presenting at an international forum to a diverse and large audience, as well as to a panel of distinguished judges. While the Science Bazaar is a primarily non-competitive event, it does focus on science communication.
Being able to effectively communicate science and research to other academics, peers, and the wider public is part of how science translates into practice.
Plenary speaker, Dr Tolullah Oni previously highlighted the importance of communication within research, as she believes that the “onus to some extent is on us to be able to understand what the needs are of the person we are talking to.”
The Science Bazaar provided participants with the opportunity to practice communicating their area of research to an audience with various experiences and knowledge across the discipline of science.
LIYSF participants had the opportunity to develop this skill through presenting, questioning and learning from the diverse disciplines of science that were on display at the Science Bazaar.
Eleven stand-out projects were selected at the Science Bazaar by expert judges. These participants were invited to present their project at the LIYSF ‘Famelab style’ event.
Some of the stand-out projects included:
- Karl Hendrik Tamkivi – How surrounding landscape complexes affect the positioning of bat maternity roosts
- Anna Eszter Nyiri – Water-saving projects with Arduino robot
- Laura Vanega – Plastic made out of milk
- Ayush Kumar – Designing an efficient thermal dissipation system for LED
- Macdonald Chirar – Electricity from water hyacinth enhanced biogas production
The Science Bazaar captured the very essence of the theme for LIYSF 2019, ‘‘Science At The Interface.’