November 2016 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 7th to Friday 18th November 2016.

This November, your favourite online science engagement activity returns with five themed zones, plus an array of general science zones suitable for any kind of researcher.

Read about them all below, or if you want to jump straight to the application, teachers apply here:; and scientists here:

Brain Zone

A chimp's brain in a jar at the Science Musem, London | Image: Gaetan Lee

A chimp’s brain at the Science Museum, London | Image by Gaetan Lee

Your brain is located in your head, protected by your skull, and is the main organ of your central nervous system. All vertebrate and most invertebrate animals have brains (only a few don’t, like jellyfish and starfish). The human brain is made of blood vessels, glial (glue) cells and around 100 billion neurons, which send and receive signals transmitting information around the body. In this zone, scientists could be studying children’s brains to find out how they develop after birth, or learn to do things like reading and speaking. They could be studying diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, or helping people recover from brain tumours and strokes.

The Brain Zone is funded by Wellcome Trust

Drug Discovery Zone

Scientists are coming up with new treatments for diseases and illnesses all the time, many of which will be a new drug.  Discovering a new drug could start from many places: modifying the structure of old drugs, studying organisms that cause disease to find weaknesses, computer modelling of completely new molecules, testing what compounds found in nature can do, and some drugs are even found completely by accident. Scientists in this zone might be working hard trying out thousands of different molecules in order to find what affects a particular disease, or  working on clinical trials making sure that new drugs work and are safe for us to use.

The Drug Discovery Zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry — To be eligible for this zone scientists should be a member of this society

Energy Zone

Wind farm near Stirling, in Scotland | Image: Richard Webb

Wind farm near Stirling, in Scotland | Image: Richard Webb

We use energy all the time, for things we might take for granted; heating our homes, working on the computer, running machines in hospitals, and keeping food chilled in shops. As the world population increases we are using more and more energy, most of which is generated by burning fossil fuels that release high levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — not good for climate change. However, there are lots of renewable sources of energy that are much better for the environment, like solar, water or wind. In this zone scientists might be researching new ways to harness energy from natural sources, or finding new uses for carbon dioxide.

The Energy Zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry — To be eligible for this zone scientists should be a member of this society

Plants Zone

Plants cover most of the world’s land surface, there are an estimated 400,000 species. Through a process called photosynthesis, plants use sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to produce their own food, as well as releasing oxygen into the air which we need to breathe. Because of this they are vitally important to life on earth. They are also used for food, medicines and even homes for many animals. In this zone you might meet scientists who are working out how to improve plants being grown for food, how they can be affected by diseases and infections or adapt to different climates. They could be looking at genetically modifying plants, or finding new medicines based on plant extracts.

The Plants Zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust and follows the theme of their latest Big Picture magazine for schools

Sports Science Zone

Behind every athlete are the researchers who study how the human body works during exercise, explaining and improving their sporting performance to get the best results possible. The Sports Science Zone will give students a chance to interact with physiologists and an elite athlete from the Rio 2016 games. Students will be able to put their questions to physiologists working on the science of sports, training, and nutrition, and see what it takes to push the limits of human performance.

The Sports Science Zone is funded by the Physiological Society

Investigation Zone

The Investigation Zone is a little different to our normal zones. It will work similar to a General Science Zone, taking 5 scientists from different research areas, but the focus will be on how the scientists work, rather than the specific work they do. The zone will help primary school students learn about working scientifically, and investigative skills in science. Scientists in this zone will all use observation, pattern spotting, tests, or classifications in their research.

The Investigation Zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is for primary school (KS2) students

General Science Zones

General Science Zones take five scientists from a range of different research areas. We welcome any type of scientist to apply for these zones; the more diverse the research the better.

Apply now to take part!



Apply before Monday 26th September. We’ll send an email out soon after you sign up asking which zones and how many classes you would like to bring online.



Apply before Monday 26th September. Take a look at this page for our advice on your application!

This November we’ll also be running 4 zones in I’m an Engineer. Click here for more information.


We are also running 5 zones in I’m a Scientist Ireland. Click here for more information.

Posted on August 24, 2016 by modantony in News. Comments Off on November 2016 Zones