I’m a Scientist November 2015: Who’s taking part?

The schools in November's I'm a Scientist

The schools in November’s I’m a Scientist

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back!  This November, students at nearly 160 schools from Shetland to Eastbourne will be interacting with 40 scientists across 8 different zones.

Between the 9th and 20th of November, the scientists will be competing for the school students’ votes in fast-paced live chats and answering questions on everything from particle physics, to the ageing body, to the heart, to changing fish populations.

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…

Ageing Zone

This zone is funded by the Physiological Society.

The Scientists

Sara FalconePhD Student, MRC Harwell – Mammalian Genetics Unit

I work on an Ageing screen: I study mice from when they are 3 moths old till when they are very old and see if they develop the same diseases that old people often have – if I can figure out what happens in mice it could be used to help people to age better

Peter Francis Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

I try to understand how sport and exercise can help people stay healthy and avoid disease.

Siana Jones PhD Student, University College London

My research involves measuring fitness in adults over 65 years old, I want to find out more about why we become less strong, less fit and less able to live independently as we get old, and, is there anything we can do while we are young to slow this process?

Carolyn Nielsen PhD Student, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

I study blood to understand how a virus can make your immune system age!

Richard Unwin Lecturer, University of Manchester

I’m looking at how the make-up of the brain changes in dementia , and how we can reverse these changes using potential new medicines.

The Schools

  • Aylward Academy, London
  • Bexleyheath Academy, Bexleyheath
  • Biddick Academy Washington, Tyne and Wear
  • Bullers Wood School, Chislehurst
  • Dartford Science & Technology College, Dartford
  • Dunblane High School, Dunblane
  • Frome Community College, Somerset
  • Great Yarmouth (VA) High School Great Yarmouth Norfolk
  • Hammersmith Academy, London
  • Impington Village College, Cambridge
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy, Sleaford
  • Selwood Academy, Frome
  • Sir Charles Kao Utc, Harlow
  • St Mary Magdalene Academy, London
  • Teesdale School Barnard Castle, County Durham
  • The City of Liverpool College, Liverpool
  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Sudbury
  • Trinity Church of England School, Belvedere
  • Walbottle Campus, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Extreme Pressure Zone

This zone is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The Scientists

Craig Bull | Scientist ISIS Neutron Source, STFC

Squeezing samples to find out what happens

Jack Carlyle | PhD student, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL

I look at huge explosions happening on the surface of the Sun which can reach all the way to Earth.

Flavia De Almeida Dias | Postdoctoral, CERN, The University of Edinburgh

I use the worlds biggest camera to look at what happens when protons are smashed together in order to better understand the universe.

Sheona Masterton Postdoctoral, Getech

I figure out how and why the continents have moved across Earth’s surface over millions of years, smashing into each other and tearing apart, causing the volcanoes and earthquakes that are constantly shaping and changing our planet!

Giuditta Perversi PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

Even the magnet that you use to stick stuff on your fridge behaves really differently when you put it under huge amount of pressure or really high/really low temperatures, so I recreate these conditions to figure out what’s happening!

The Schools

  • Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School, Birmingham
  • Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead
  • Bournville College of Further Education, Birmingham
  • Brayton High School, Selby
  • Churnet View Middle School, Leek
  • Comberton Village College, Cambridge
  • Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar
  • Downend School, Bristol
  • Dunblane High School, Dunblane
  • Garforth Academy, Leeds
  • John F Kennedy Catholic School, Hemel Hempstead
  • Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby
  • Sawtry Community College, Huntingdon
  • Sir Graham Balfour High School, Stafford
  • Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College, Radstock
  • St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury
  • The Archer Academy, London

Heart Zone

The Scientists

Gemma Barron Postdoctoral, Robert Gordon University

I grow blood vessels in a lab!! I look at how inflammatory molecules released from fat tissues, in our blood, effect blood vessel development and look at what happens next.

Loan Ngyuen PostdoctoralThe University of Manchester

I learn about the how and why burgers and chips clog up your arteries and set you on fire.

Michael Schneider | Professor, CERN, Imperial College London

Because heart muscle cannot grow back when it’s damaged in a “heart attack,” we study ways to regenerate the heart using stem cells, and ways to protect human heart muscle grown in the laboratory.

Praveen Surendran Postdoctoral, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Through our research we aim to identify genetic variations that we inherit from our parents that are associated with various heart diseases.

Cristina Villa del Campo PostdoctoralUniversity of Oxford

I am looking for small vesicles that regenerate injured hearts

The Schools

  • Birchwood High School, Bishop’s Stortford
  • Christ The King Catholic Primary School, Leicester
  • Esher College Thames, Ditton
  • Grafton Primary School, London
  • Hayesfield Girls School, Bath
  • Kingsmead Academy, Taunton
  • Plymstock School, Plymouth
  • St James’ Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Wetherby
  • St Katherine’s School, Bristol
  • St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy, Blackburn
  • St. Paul’s School, Barcelona
  • The Archer Academy, London
  • The Chauncy School, Ware
  • The Crypt School, Gloucester
  • The Farnley Academy, Leeds
  • The Highfield School Letchworth ,Garden City
  • The Whitehaven Academy, Whitehaven
  • Trinity C of E High School, Manchester

Spectroscopy Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Jesus Calvo-Castro Postdoctoral, University of the West of Scotland

I’m a chemist and I study compounds that search for explosives in bombs!!!

Baljit Ghatora | Lecturer, Kingston University

Secure the scene, collect the evidence now lets take it to the chemistry lab to analyse it

Maire Gorman | PhD Student, ExoMol Group, Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCL

I help astronomers work out the composition of exoplanet atmospheres-aka search for aliens!

Michael Kyriakides | Postdoctoral, Imperial College London

Describing your health using chemistry.

Arlene McBroom GlaxoSmithKline

Like CSI only with medicines!

 The Schools

  • All Saints Catholic College Specialist in Humanities, Huddersfield
  • Baltasound Junior High School ,Scotland
  • Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, Hove
  • Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton
  • Chelsea Academy, London
  • Drapers’ Academy, Romford
  • Exmouth Community College, Exmouth
  • Gildredge House, Eastbourne
  • Mallaig High School, Highland
  • Mid-Cheshire College of Further Education, Northwich
  • Minster School, Southwell
  • Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Oldbury
  • St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury
  • St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls, London
  • St Ursula’s Convent School, London
  • Standish Community High School, Wigan
  • The Academy, Selsey, Chichester
  • Wath Comprehensive School, Rotherham
  • Winstanley College, Wigan

Tantalum Zone

This zone is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The Scientists

Bernard Ennis Tata Steel

I make steel even stronger so you can drive your car even faster into a tree without getting killed.

Maria Magdalene Razalan PhD Student, CNAP-University of York

Did you know that plants can produce medicines but also eat explosives? I’m a Biotechnologist and I am working with plants and bacteria trying to understand what else they can do for us!

Monique Henson | PhD Student, University of Manchester

I use computer models of galaxy clusters, the largest objects in the universe, to study the nature of dark matter, gravity and the universe.

Ashley Hughes | Postdoctoral, Liverpool University, Diamond Light Source, Gothenburg University

I fire light at proteins and sugar to see its shape, this tells me how they change when they’re together.

Carsten Welsch |Professor, University of Liverpool

I design and build particle accelerators to help understand nature in all its facets and develop new ways to treat cancer.

The Schools

  • Archbishop Holgate’s School, York
  • Avanti House School, Stanmore
  • Bourne Academy, Bourne
  • Colton Hills Community School, Wolverhampton
  • Cronton Sixth Form College, Widnes
  • Dixons Trinity Academy, Bradford
  • Kirkland High School and Community, College
  • Lucton School, Leominster
  • Newstead Wood School, Orpington
  • Park Lane Learning Trust, Halifax
  • Poole Grammar School, Poole
  • Prendergast Vale School, London
  • Reading School, Reading
  • Stanraer Academy, Stranraer
  • Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne
  • The Brittons Academy Trust, Rainham
  • The Cotswold Academy, Cheltenham
  • The Derby High School, Bury

Tungsten Zone

The Scientists

Gemma Cripps Postdoctoral, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

I research how climate change will impact the numbers and quality of our marine food, such as fish.

Hussain Jaffery | PhD Student, University of Glasgow

The bones inside your body are constantly being broken down and built back up by cells fighting out an epic battle for survival and dominance – this is what I study.

Ross King Postdoctoral, Queen Mary University of London

I am interested in understanding how drugs work and also how we can use these drugs to learn how the cells of the immune system travel round the body, either to heal us or to hurt us.

 Robert Lees | PhD Student,University of Bristol

I look at the living brains of mice using cool tools, such as laser microscopes, with the aim to understand how human brains work – I guess you could say I’m a zombie-scientist, except I don’t eat the brains!

Aimee Goodall | PhD student, University of Birmingham

I’m a metallurgist; I look at how the bits inside metals, that are so small we can’t see with the naked eye, affect the way metal acts and what it can be used for – as you wouldn’t want a skyscraper made from your kitchen foil!

The Schools

  • Cumnor House School, Haywards Heath
  • Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown
  • Friends School, Saffron Walden
  • Hillcroft Primary School, Caterham
  • Irchester Community Primary School, Wellingborough
  • Kingfield Primary School, Woking
  • Lark Rise Academy, Dunstable
  • Llanyrafon Primary School, Cwmbran Torfaen
  • Longton Primary School, Preston
  • New Ford Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate, Wakefield
  • St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Yetminster Sherborne
  • St Bede’s RC Primary School, Jarrow Jarrow
  • St. Mary’s Primary, Largs
  • Swanmead Community School, Ilminster
  • Whittington C of E (Aided) Primary School, Oswestry
  • Woodthorpe Primary School, York
  • Ysgol Pencae, Penmaenmawr

Rhenium Zone

The Scientists

Rachel McMullan Lecturer, The Open University

Watching worms to understand how worrying about your exams can make you ill

David Nunan | Lecturer, University of Oxford

I am a guardian of scientific evidence. My job is to help make sure the medicines you take and the advice your doctor gives you is based on good scientific evidence. I also hunt down bad science behind scary health stories and teach others how to do it.

Nicholas Pearce | PhD Student, Nottingham University

Harnessing the power of the sun in a beaker – I make molecules that can convert sunlight to electricity.

Eva Weiss | PhD Student, University of York

Which parts of a virus are important to build up their bodies

Kate Wright | Cavendish Nuclear, Sellafield

I work measuring radiation to make sure dangerous radioactive things are dealt with the way they should be.

The Schools

  • Acle Academy, Norwich
  • Beaminster School, Beaminster
  • Chichester High School for Girls, Chichester
  • Colton Hills Community School, Wolverhampton
  • Dixons City Academy, Bradford
  • King Richard School, Portsmouth
  • Lymm High School, Lymm
  • Park View School, London
  • Perth Academy, Perth
  • Sandymoor, Runcorn
  • Silverdale School, Sheffield
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester
  • Smithycroft Secondary School, Glasgow
  • St James CofE VA Middle School, Bury St Edmunds
  • St Thomas Aquinas Secondary, Strathclyde
  • The John Lyon School, Harrow
  • Walker Technology College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Osmium Zone

This zone is funded by the Institute of Physics and features people who have previously studied physics and now work in a variety of fields, including those outside of academia.

The Participants

Aaron Boardley | Press and communciations officer, Royal Academy of Engineering

My everyday job involves writing press releases and case studies, dealing with journalist enquiries, and engaging with people on Twitter about the latest news in engineering. A good understanding of physics helps a lot.

Peter Burgess | Solarcentury

I use data to make sure solar farms are in great condition

Keith Franklin | UK Trade and Investment, British Embassy, Tokyo

I help Japan to clean up after the Fukushima accident by introducing clever gadgets from the UK.

Natalie Garrett | Postdoctoral, The University of Exeter

I shine laser light at brains – a small portion of this light has a different colour after it’s reflected (we call this ‘Raman scattering’), and since this colour change depends on the chemicals inside the brain, it can tell me which parts are diseased.

 Abbey McGarrigle | Renishaw PLC

I design medical device that are used for Neurological surgery

The Schools

  • Ardrossan Academy, Ardrossan
  • Belmont Academy, Ayr
  • Boston Spa School, Boston Spa
  • Bulmershe School, Woodley
  • Cranford Community School, Cranford
  • Didcot Girls’ School, Didcot
  • Fakenham Academy, Fakenham
  • Framwellgate School Durham, Framwellgate Moor
  • Fulford School, Gosforth
  • Gosforth Academy, Gosforth
  • Hillpark Secondary, Glasgow
  • Reepham High School and College, Reepham
  • Smithdon High School, Hunstanton
  • The John Henry Newman, School Stevenage
  • Vandyke Upper School Leighton, Buzzard

Thanks to the Wellcome Trust for providing core funding for the I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here project.

Posted on October 23, 2015 by modantony in News. Comments Off on I’m a Scientist November 2015: Who’s taking part?