The Royal Society Partnership Grants Conference

Ten of The William Perkin Elite Scientist Students went to The Royal Society Partnership Grants Conference, which celebrated the scientific work of The Royal Society Partnership Grant projects that have been continuing around certain UK schools. It was an action-packed day, which was kicked-off by a discussion on being a scientist by 5 scientists across the disciplines, with interactive Q and A. The discussion was chaired by Russell Foster FRS, University of Oxford. The students attended several workshops on scientific travel, and the importance of scientific evidence. There was a nice lunch followed by the students giving a talk on what they had done on the project so far, and the day ended with them talking through their poster to Fellows of The Royal Society, amongst other distinguished guests.

RS Conference 1

This occasion mirrored a real scientific conference, where delegates would be doing exactly the same thing. Professor Monica Grady, who was unable to attend the event as she was at another Royal Society event, helped the students produce their poster by obtaining some secondary evidence and enabling them to produce a graph with the data they needed.

The students were in awe over the building and the experience. Here are some quotes:

  • “I’m so glad I’m here!”
  • “This massively increased our confidence with speaking in front of other people, which will help us in the years to come.”
  • “All the other projects were really interesting, there was even one about robots!”

RS Conference 2

The students had a lot of praise from different people, which is worth mentioning. They were the youngest students there and really impressed the delegates. Some of the comments were:

  • “Just came to say how well your students have done today.”
  • “They were the youngest there, they did really well.”
  • “You should be really proud of them.”
  • “Please get your students to publish in the next Young Scientist journal, as their project is so interesting.”
  • “I am so impressed with how these students are able to talk so well about their work.”
  • “Would your students mind coming to talk at the next ASE conference in January 2017?”

RS Conference 3

The next event sees Professor Monica Grady giving a workshop to approx. 100 William Perkin students on meteorites and space on Wednesday 24th February, which should be another brilliant event!

Ms. Kapila
Leader of Elite Scientists
William Perkin CofE High School


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