Since the day I got the confirmation of my participation at the 60th edition of London International Youth Science Forum until the last day when I had to say goodbye I was feeling a whole spectrum of emotions. At first I was nervous, because I knew I will be one of the youngest out there, not sure if I would find any friends. I was also scared, not only because it was the first time I was away fro…
Don't just take our word for it, see here what past participants have to say about what LIYSF is like. Here you can see video testimonials from students and speakers, where they detail their experience of attending LIYSF. You can also see various student's stories about their journey and the impact of attending LIYSF has had on them and below see quotes from our participants.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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…
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!