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Science in Sydney

Congratulations to Joe Gibbs, L6 and one of our Ogden Scholars, who has been awarded a place on the British Team to the International Science School in Sydney this summer.

Joe had to write a a 1,000-word essay and although the field was extremely strong the judges were particularly impressed with his essay on 'Molecular Self-Assembly' so that he has been selected as one of the five students in the British team.

He will now attend ISS2015, the 38th Professor Harry Messel International Science School being held at the University of Sydney, Australia, from 28 June to 11 July this year. With support from The Ogden Trust, it is an all expenses paid trip!

The Professor Harry Messel International Science School is a visionary science event for academically talented year 12 students. Every two years 140 top students from Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the USA and the UK, travel to Sydney for an unforgettable fortnight of science.

Each day the ISS features talks by leading research scientists from Australia and overseas, together with heaps of hands-on, brain expanding activities. Beyond the lecture theatres students have the chance to explore real research labs, get their hands dirty on a wide range of experiments and activities, and meet a hoard of like-minded science-mad students from all over the world.

The Ogden Trust aim to encourage and promote the teaching and learning of physics through the sponsorship of:

  • talented students studying physics at sixth form and undergraduate level
  • undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to become physics teachers
  • programmes and projects supporting physical science teaching in primary and secondary schools.

Dr Paul Jukes, Head of Physics at Birkdale said:' I am thrilled that Joe has won this award; it will be a trip of a lifetime for him and one which will be very academically rewarding and will stand him in good stead for his future career'.

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