I’m a Scientist November 2016: Who’s taking part?

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Map of schools taking part in November’s I’m a Scientist event

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! In November students at over 150 schools will be interacting with 45 scientists across 9 different zones.

Between 7th – 18th November school students will put the scientists through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from plants, to the discovery of new drugs, to how athletes can improve their sporting performance.

For the latest news and announcements about the event, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASUK.

Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part…

Brain  Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists

Ria Vaportzis | Postdoctoral, Heriot-Watt University

I use tests to see if playing with computers can make older people’s brain faster.

Rachel Harris | PhD Student, University of Bristol

I experiment with human brains to understand why nerve cells die in Alzheimer’s disease.

Joe Bathelt | Postdoctoral, Medical Research Council UK

I’m trying to figure out why some children struggle in school by investigating how their brains are connected.

Iroise Dumontheil | Lecturer, University of London

I use a machine containing a super strong magnet to research how the teenage human brain differs from the adult brain, and whether the differences can explain how teenagers think and behave.

Adrian ChuPhD Student, University of York

A deadly bug can eat your brain and kill you within hours – I want to know why!

The Schools

  • Alford Academy, Aberdeenshire
  • Baltasound Junior High School, Shetland
  • Berkshire College of Agriculture, Berkshire
  • Caerleon Comprehensive School, Newport
  • Dundee and Angus College, Angus
  • Francis Holland School, London
  • Hammersmith Academy, London
  • Hartsdown Academy, Kent
  • Mid-Cheshire College of Further Education, Cheshire
  • Perth Academy, Perth
  • Richmond School, North Yorkshire
  • Selwood Academy, Somerset
  • St Bartholomew’s School, Berkshire
  • The Cooper School, Oxfordshire
  • Weston College, Somerset
  • Wirral Metropolitan College, Marseyside
  • International School of Toulouse, France

Drug Discovery Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Steven Street | PhD Student, University of Bristol

I am making new cancer drugs out of sugar that stick to DNA and kill healthy cells less than other cancer drugs!

Oliver Charity | PhD Student, The Institute of Food Research

I use viruses to kill bacteria.

Jenny Batson | Exonate, Cambridge

I manage a biology research team, perform experiments, write papers and present data at meetings to develop new drugs for things like eye disease and cancer.

Hannah Bolt | PhD Student, Durham University

I make new medicines and antibiotics to treat a nasty tropical disease called Leishmaniasis, that is caused by parasites.

Eleni Vikeli | PhD Student, John Innes Centre

I am searching for new antibiotics from bacteria that grow on the surface of ants!

The Schools

  • Aith Junior High School, Shetland
  • Aquinas College, Cheshire
  • Bexleyheath Academy, Kent
  • Bingley Grammar School, Yorkshire
  • Brayton High School, Yorkshire
  • Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy, Bristol
  • Cansfield High School, Lancashire
  • Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire
  • Coopers School, Kent
  • Dalry Primary School, Ayrshire
  • Greensward College, Essex
  • John F Kennedy Catholic School, Hertfordshire
  • Ormiston Maritime Academy, Lincolnshire
  • Saint Benedict, Derbyshire
  • St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls, London
  • The Charter School, London
  • The Leigh UTC, Kent

Energy Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Weiyi Yao | PhD Student, Leeds University

I work with Leeds City Council to work out the best ways to use bioenergy on the roads.

Olivia Ashton | PhD Student, University of Oxford

I make solutions that glow cool colours under UV light, and hope to use them in LEDs or a solar panel.

Ola Michalec | PhD Student, University of the West of England, Bristol

I am encouraging politicians and citizens to give a beautiful goodbye to oil – “hey, petrol you’ve been great and we wouldn’t get so far without you, but we need to move on now”.

Mzamo Shozi | Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

I am working on finding alternate methods of producing important fuels from plant reserves.

Megan Seymour | PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

I study radioactive uranium compounds that are present in nuclear waste and the ways they can react with molecules in the environment.

The Schools

  • Alexandra Park Primary School, Cheshire
  • Ardrossan Academy, Ardrossan
  • Bluecoat Academy, Aspley
  • Bohunt School, Hapshire
  • Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy
  • Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Tyne and Wear
  • Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle
  • Fakenham Academy, Norfolk
  • Fitzharrys School, Oxfordshire
  • Fulford School, Yorkshire
  • Jedburgh Grammar School, Roxburghshire
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham
  • Kingsthorpe College, Northampton
  • Mallaig High School, Mallaig
  • Reepham High School and College, Norfolk
  • Speyside High School, Moray
  • St Wilfrid’s RC College, Tyne and Wear
  • The John Henry Newman Catholic School, Hertfordshire

Plants Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists

Zarah Pattison | PhD Student, University of Stirling

I hunt alien plants along stormy rivers because they grow bigger and faster than British plants, making them dangerous local bullies.

Konstantinos Drousiotis | PhD Student, University of York

Teaching bacteria to find, grab and eat sugars from plants!

Kirsten Brandt | Lecturer, Newcastle University

I study the health benefits of natural toxins in vegetables.

Jennifer Bates | Postdoctoral, University of Cambridge

I’m an archaeologist who studies how people used plants 5000 years ago to look at climate change and social change in India.

Freddie Morrison | John Innes Centre

We want farm plants to get fat but we’re giving them too much food and lots is just going on the floor! But does this special acid help them grow more with less food?

The Schools

  • All Saints Catholic College, Yorkshire
  • Blacon High School, Cheshire
  • Broadlands Academy, Bristol
  • Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
  • Ethos College, Yorkshire
  • Furness Academy, Cumbria
  • Glossopdale Community College, Derbyshire
  • Hans Price Academy, Somerset
  • Kingfield Primary School, Surrey
  • Newstead Wood School, Kent
  • Prendergast Vale School, London
  • Sheepy Magna CofE Primary School, Warwickshire
  • Stranraer Academy, Stranraer
  • The Compton School, London
  • The Highfield School, Hertfordshire
  • Waddesdon CofE School, Buckinghamshire

Sports Science Zone

This zone is funded by the Physiological Society.

The Scientists

Stephanie Milward | Paralympic Athlete, British Swimming

I am a Paralympic swimmer, I competed in Rio 2016 and won five medals, 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals!!

Laura-Anne Furlong | Lecturer, Loughborough University

Measuring muscle and tendon during sport using reflective dots and pictures of them from under your skin, to figure out why we move the way we do so one day we could be like Iron-Man!

Katy Griggs | PhD Student, Loughborough University

I look at new ways to keep Paralympic athletes cool so they don’t get too hot whilst playing “Murderball” (Wheelchair Rugby).

Emilia McAllister-Jepps | Paralympic Athlete, British Swimming

I’m a full time Sprint Kayak athlete training with British Canoeing, my ultimate aim is to make the team for Tokyo 2020.

Helen Hanstock | Lecturer, Mid Sweden University

I’m working on ways to help athletes to avoid getting sick before big competitions, so that they can perform at their best.

Dan Gordon | Lecturer, Angela Ruskin University

I study the human body and find ways through science of getting people to be fitter, healthier, faster and stronger

Andrew Willis | Athlete, Team Bath

I’m a double Olympic finalist in the 200m breaststroke at London 2012 and Rio 2016; a bronze-medallist at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; a finalist at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships; and the reigning British champion.

The Schools

  • Chelsea Academy, London
  • Farr Primary School, Thurso
  • Lansdowne Children’s Centre, East Sussex
  • Mackie Academy, Kincardineshire
  • Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, West Midlands
  • Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle
  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
  • Sirius Academy North, Hull
  • South Molton Community College, Devon
  • St Paul’s, Barcelona
  • Touch Primary School, Dunfermline
  • Walker Technology College
  • Whickham School, Newcastle
  • Wood Green Academy, West Midlands
  • Woodlands School, Derbyshire

Investigation Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists

Sophie Nedelec | Postdoctoral, University of Exeter

My job is to list all the animals in Britain then find out how many are nocturnal.

Sarah Hunak | Amec Foster Wheeler

Saving the world from radiation, one bin bag at a time.

Michael Rivera | PhD Student, University of Cambridge

I find out who people were using bones uncovered in archaeology and forensics.

Marisol Collins | PhD Student, University of Liverpool

I am a vet who travels around the country studying the nasty parasites that our pets can pass to us humans – gross but great!

Lauren Burt | Channel Coast Observatory, Southampton

If I’m not on a beach collecting data, I’m in the office trying to understand the coastal processes shaping our local beaches.

The Schools

  • Bell Lane Primary School, London
  • Bradford Girls’ Grammar School, Yorkshire
  • Cheddington Combined School, Bedfordshire
  • Doonfoot Primary School, Ayr
  • Friskney All Saints CofE Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Gunton Primary Academy, Suffolk
  • Hemlington Hall Academy, Middlesbrough
  • Inglehurst Infant School, Leicestershire
  • Irchester Community Primary School, Northamptonshire
  • Leatherhead Trinity School and Children’s Centre, Surrey
  • Madley Brook Community Primary School, Oxfordshire
  • Ramsden Primary School, Nottinghamshire
  • Seymour Park Community Primary School, Manchester
  • St Leonard’s CofE Primary School, Shropshire
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Lancashire
  • The Dell Primary School, Monmouthshire

Polonium Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists

Peter Boorman | PhD Student, University of Southampton

I’m studying the growth of supermassive black holes hidden beneath a thick veil of gas and dust.

Miranda Bane | PhD Student, University of Bath

I study bumblebees in the wild and write computer programs that model how they might go extinct so that we can try to stop that from happening!

Lucy Oldacre-Bartley | PhD Student, University of Birmingham

I’m a muscle detective, I add vitamins to muscles to see they can help us run faster, jump higher and stay younger!

Jack O’Sullivan | PhD Student, University of Oxford

I’m a doctor who does research on how to reduce people getting tests and treatments that do more harm than good.

Huma Shah | Postdoctoral, Coventry University

Raising awareness of cyber crime prevention using the Turing Test.

The Schools

  • Anglo European School, Essex
  • Beechen Cliff School, Somerset
  • Ferndown Middle School, Dorset
  • Hans Price Academy, Somerset
  • Hitchin Boys’ School, Hertfordshire
  • Kingsmead Academy, Somerset
  • Millais School, West Sussex
  • Poole Grammar School, Dorset
  • Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College, Somerset
  • Space Studio Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • St Bartholomew’s School, Berkshire
  • St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Devon
  • Swindon Academy, Wiltshire
  • The de Ferrers Academy, Staffordshire
  • The John Henry Newman Catholic School, Hertfordshire
  • Thornden School, Hampshire
  • Woodlands School, Essex

Astatine Zone

The Scientists

Samantha Watson | Public Health England

I look at how to protect people and clean up after an accident involving radiation.

Ellie Paige | Postdoctoral, University of Cambridge

If you could see your future, would you want to change it? I’m a disease detective and I use information on millions of people to look for causes of future heart disease that we may be able to change early in life.

Darren Rhodes | Postdoctoral, University of Sussex

I am finding out how we can make robots predict the future – by learning how the human brain can perceive time.

Catherine Wigley | TDL Pathology

I work in a private blood transfusion laboratory providing blood products to six hospitals.

Andres Olivares | PhD Student, Durham University

I work trying to understand some tiny particles called neutrinos. These particles are so tiny that billions of them pass through you every second without you noticing anything!

The Schools

  • Belmont Academy, Ayr
  • Glastry College, Newtownards
  • Hartford CofE High School, Cheshire
  • Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Essex
  • Hetton School, Tyne and Wear
  • Kilkeel High School, Newry
  • Lymm High School, Cheshire
  • Newman Catholic School, Cumbria
  • Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Silverdale School, Yorkshire
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicestershire
  • St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar, Belfast
  • Sussex Downs College, East Sussex
  • The Academy at Shotton Hall, Durham
  • The Holy Cross School, Surrey
  • Walbottle Campus, Tyne and Wear
  • Withernsea High School, Yorkshire

Radon Zone

This zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Scientists

Reka Nagy | PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

I study how genes determine the way we are.

Pip Millington | Milton Keynes General Hospital

I’m a doctor in specialist training for paediatric medicine and child health.

Kuntal Singh | PhD Student, University of York

I study how hot will it get in the next 50 years.

Kate Elliott |Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

I use high energy x-rays to kill cancer!

Ajay Mishra | Postdoctoral, King’s College London

Its exciting for me to understand how we get almost entirely new skin every two weeks which we don’t even realise!

The Schools

  • Abbotsmede Primary School, Cambridgeshire
  • Aith Junior High School, Shetland
  • Farnham Primary School, Yorkshire
  • Gallions Primary School, London
  • Hillcroft Primary School, Surrey
  • John Keble CofE Primary School, London
  • Lathom Junior School, London
  • Llanyrafon Primary School, Torfaen
  • Lochgilphead High School, Argyll
  • Newdale Primary School & Nursery, Shropshire
  • St Bridget’s Primary School & Nursery, Glasgow
  • St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Manchester
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Ayrshire
  • Sullivan Upper School, Holywood
  • Swanmead Community School, Somerset
  • Whitdale Primary School, West Lothian
  • Woodhouse Primary School, Yorkshire
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