61st London International Youth Science Forum 2019

09 August 2019

On Wednesday 31st July 2019, Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens was invited to be a speaker and facilitator at the “Science at the Interface” Specialist Study Day, at the 61st London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). The LIYSF is a two-week residential event in London, held this year between 24th July to 7th August 2019 at Imperial College London and the Royal Geographical Society.

LIYSF was founded in 1959, in the aftermath of the world wars, to give young people from all nations a deeper insight into science for the benefit of all mankind. The two-week residential event is held annually at Imperial College London and attracts 500 of the world’s leading young science and engineering students aged 16-21 years old from more than 70 participating countries across six continents. The majority of participants are prize winners of national and international science competitions. LIYSF is passionate about empowering students to think globally and use science to tackle problems such as sustainable energy, food and water security, global health, climate change and biodiversity.

The LIYSF includes lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class laboratories and universities. It was a particularly exciting event this year, with plenary speakers including Nobel prize winner and President of the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan giving the key note address, along with Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Dr Tolullah Oni and Sir Nigel Shadbolt speaking also. 

During LIYSF there are four specialist lecture mornings, where students have the option to choose from a wide range of topics and are able to tailor their programme to suit their STEM interests. On each day there are eight sessions to choose from, with leading researchers speaking across a range of topics. Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens was invited on Wednesday 31st July 2019, as a speaker and group facilitator. His lecture was titled 'Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering: A NICE Methodology for Innovation, and was received by a group of 60 - 70 students. This morning lecture evoked an enthusiastic response, with animated discussions. In the afternoon, students interpreted his presentation in a 6-min act, presented at a plenary session at the Royal Geographical Society. 

It was an uplifting experience to see the four themes of the CNIE comically reinterpreted through the eyes and minds of these budding scientists and engineers!

61st London International Youth Science Forum 2019