• Enthuse students about science

    A free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. It’s a free X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges.

    Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online live CHATs. They ASK the scientists anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

    Apply at: imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply

    Here's a video that sums it up

    What's involved?

    You interact online with school students, answering their questions about science, research, and just about everything else. You also listen to students' opinions on science and get them thinking about how science affects their daily lives.

    It runs for two weeks at a time, usually in March, June & November each year. Scientists spend around 2-3 hours a day split between answering questions in their own time, and in live chats during the school day.

    The students:


    ASK you questions



    CHAT to you online about you, your research and science



    Then VOTE for the scientist they think has best talked about their subject area and work, to win £500 to spend on communicating science.



    You need: A computer with an internet connection (and that’s all!)

    Answering questions: Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ – you will be asked many questions which are not in your area, and it shows students that scientists don't know the answers to everything!

    Why take part?

    • Taking part in I'm a Scientist develops your communication skills - this is the most mentioned benefit.
    • It can re-energise you about your own science, and get you thinking differently.
    • You will make a difference. And you’ll be learning too. Teenagers ask all sorts of questions – from the cheeky to the thought-provoking. They fizz with energy and can be infectious company.
    • Strengthens links with students at local schools

    Read more event information here...

    Scientist Resources

    The resources for scientists taking part in the most recent event are all below. They are designed to help scientists get the most out of taking part, and to guide them through the site.

    Scientist Briefing Notes

    Key Dates Sheet – June 2014

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