UCS hosts Nobel Laureate STEM event

This evening UCS held an inaugural Nobel Laureate Lecture Series to honour our three alumni Nobel Prize winners and promote learning beyond the classroom.

The event was an exciting opportunity for pupils from UCS and partner schools Westminster Academy, UCL Academy, Michaela Community School and London Academy of Excellence, Stratford – and Sixth Formers from each presented on an area of Science or Mathematics.

The audience, comprising pupils from UCS and partner schools, was enriched about the topics of genetics, Diophantine equations, supersonic flight, angiogenesis treatment and the fight against Covid. The speakers were outstanding ambassadors for their schools and for young STEM enthusiasts everywhere.

Keynote speaker Dr Suzanne Imber, a renowned planetary scientist, then discussed her involvement with the European Space Agency’s Mercury mission and the future of solar system exploration. She recently received the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Award for contributions to planetary science and in 2017 won BBC2 competition show Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?.

Anisha, an LAE student who presented on angiogenesis inhibitors for cancerous tumours, commented: “What I enjoyed most was hearing what people learnt from my research.”

The evening was organised by Amy Holland, STEM Partnerships and Enrichment Coordinator at UCS. She said: “It was a pleasure to listen to young people talk so passionately about their subject area and to promote the world of STEM. Dr Suzie Imber was an outstanding role model and her talk about Mercury gave insight into collaborative research and the future for solar system exploration.”

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