I’m a Scientist March 2017: Who’s taking part?

Schools taking part in March’s I’m a Scientist.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! In March, students at nearly 130 schools will be interacting with 40 scientists across 8 different zones.

Between 6th – 17th March school students will put the scientists through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from MRI scans, to the discovery of new planets, to what makes animal behaviour different from ours.

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…

Animal Behaviour

This zone is funded by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

The Scientists

Ellen Williams | PhD Student, Nottingham Trent University

I am looking at whether elephants in zoos have BFFs, and if they do what made them choose them!

Cedric Tan | Postdoctoral, University of Oxford

I am a conservation biologist studying the Malaysian clouded leopard and I used to watch chickens and flies mate for my PhD.

Rupert Marshall | Lecturer, Aberystwyth University

I listen to birds in noisy towns to find out how they sing in the din, and how we can make our towns much quieter?

Ines Goncalves | Postdoctoral, University of Bristol

I study interactions between animals, like parental care and mate choice but also conflict between individuals or groups, to understand why animals behave the way they do and how their behaviour affects others.

Carrie Ijichi | LecturerHartpury University Centre

I discover how animal personality affects the way animals interact with us and how they tell us when they’re stressed out.

The Schools

  • Bournemouth School for Girls, Dorset
  • Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Somerset
  • Ferndown Middle School, Dorset
  • Fulford School, North Yorkshire
  • George Abbot School, Surrey
  • Gunton Primary Academy, Suffolk
  • Hayesfield Girls School, Somerset
  • Kingsthorpe College, Northamptonshire
  • Lismore Comprehensive School, Armagh
  • Oxford High School GDST, Oxfordshire
  • Speyside High School, Moray
  • St Benedict’s Catholic College, Essex
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Staffordshire
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Londonderry
  • St Paul’s School, Barcelona
  • Teddington School, Middlesex
  • The Boulevard Academy, East Riding of Yorkshire

Decision Zone

The Scientists

Wilhelmiina Toivo | PhD Student, University of Glasgow

I want to find out why it is easier to swear and talk about awkward topics in your second language.

Mary Spiller | Lecturer, University of East London

I am a psychologist and I study how the brain uses information from our senses to make sense of the world.

Diana Kornbrot ProfessorUniversity of Hertfordshire

I study how people way up evidence to make important decisions that may affect their lives or the lives of others.

Andrew Jones LecturerUniversity of Liverpool

I examine the behaviour of drunk people, and why people get drunk in the first place.

James Gudgeon | Strategist & Consumer Psychologist, DECIDE

I figure out what makes people chose things. Where they choose, when they choose, but also how we can make people chose different things.

The Schools

  • Alford Academy, Aberdeenshire
  • Cambourne Village College, Cambridgeshire
  • Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
  • Fakenham Academy, Norfolk
  • Horbury Academy, West Yorkshire
  • International School of Toulouse, France
  • Lewis Girls’ Comprehensive School, Gwent
  • Malcolm Arnold Academy, Northamptonshire
  • Oakbank, Berkshire
  • Oasis Academy Wintringham, Lincolnshire
  • Sarah Bonnell School, London
  • Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College, Somerset
  • Westbridge Academy, Suffolk

Enquiry Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Jade Owen | Senior Analytical Scientist, Intertek Melbourn

I am an analytical scientist – so I figure out how to test something, what is in that sample and how much!

Hannah Grist | Marine Ecological Researcher, Scottish Association for Marine Science

I try and find out what kinds of things live on our seashores in the UK, how many there are and whether they are ok.

Anthony Caravaggi | Conservation Biologist, Queen’s University Belfast

I study wildlife – where they go, how they interact, what they do – and what this means for biodiversity conservation.

Cathal Breen | Clinical Scientist, Ulster University

I am working on improving community based basic life support through the use of smart phone health applications.

Salie Baxendale | Consultant Neuropsychologist, Institute of Neurology

I work with people who have brain operations.

The Schools

  • Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School, London
  • Clifton Primary School, West Midlands
  • Doonfoot Primary School, Ayr
  • Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School, Buckinghamshire
  • Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, London
  • Irchester Community Primary School, Northamptonshire
  • Polkemmet Primary School, West Lothian
  • Rephad School, Stranraer
  • Sheepy Magna Church of England Primary School, Warwickshire
  • St Anne’s CofE Primary School, Cheshire
  • St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Manchester
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Lancashire
  • St Winefride’s RC Primary School, London

Medical Physics Zone

This zone is funded by the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Institute of Physics.

The Scientists

Jen Dennis | Clinical Scientist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

I work in a hospital and help find out what’s wrong with people by making patients radioactive and then taking pictures with a special camera to see where the radiation has gone in the body.

Christopher Mirfin | PhD Student, Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre

Designing MRI scanners of the future!

Mohan Kyle | Clinical Scientist, University Hospital of Hartlepool

I help put radioactive drugs inside people for diagnosis and treatment- no, they don’t glow!

Daniel Fovargue | Postdoctoral, King’s College London

I use pictures of sound moving through people to help find cancer.

Sarah De Vos | Trainee Medical Physicist, Clatterbridge Cancer Hospital

I am training to use X-rays to kill cancer cells.

The Schools

  • Churnet View Middle School, Staffordshire
  • Haverstock School, London
  • Fowey River Academy, Cornwall
  • Newland School for Girls, Hull
  • Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, West Midlands
  • Parklands High School, Lancashire
  • Prendergast Vale School, London
  • Prince Henry’s High School, Worcestershire
  • Reepham High School and College, Norfolk
  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
  • South Molton Community College, Devon
  • St Paul’s Academy, London
  • St Ursula’s Convent School, London
  • Tapton School, South Yorkshire
  • The Holy Cross School, Surrey
  • Woodrush Community High School, Worcestershire

Organs Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Nicholas Younger PhD StudentMRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine

Growing and mutating mini-organs to figure out what changes cause cancer.

Marta Varela PostdoctoralKing’s College London

I have created a virtual heart that lives inside my computer. I first try to make it ill and then try to cure it. This teaches me what the best way of treating real hearts is!

Devon Smith | PhD Student, University of Sheffield

I investigate those squidgy, small, bean-shaped organs, called the Kidneys, to see what I can do to help people with unhappy ones, as some of them can grow as big as a melon!

Craig O’Hare PhD Student, Lancaster University

I look at how our skin can tell if it’s been infected with viruses (like when we have chickenpox or cold sores), and how it fights back with the help of our immune system.

Natalie Doig PostdoctoralUniversity of Oxford

I investigate how nerve cells are connected so that we can try and understand how the brain works.

The Schools

  • Barnsley Academy, South Yorkshire
  • Bluecoat Academy, Nottinghamshire
  • Cantonian High School, Fairwater
  • Chelsea Academy, London
  • Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire
  • Craigmount High School, Edinburgh
  • Dundee and Angus College, Dundee
  • Fowey River Academy, Cornwall
  • Furness Academy, Cumbria
  • Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Essex
  • John F Kennedy Catholic School, Hertfordshire
  • Kilkeel High School, Down
  • Launceston College, Cornwall
  • Mid Kent College, Kent
  • Ribston Hall High School, Gloucestershire
  • Taylor High School, Motherwell

Space Exploration Zone

This zone is funded by the UK Space Agency.

The Scientists

Hannah Sargeant PhD StudentThe Open University

Finding useful stuff in soil on the Moon to help humans live and explore on other planets.

Stephen Pulker | Principal Mechanical Architect, Airbus Defence and Space

I’m building a robot to send to Mars.

Lucy Kissick | PhD Student, University of Oxford

I look at rocks on Mars to search for signs of alien life.

Phil Sutton | Technical Tutor in Physics, Loughborough University

I use super computers and the spacecraft CASSINI to create models of Saturn’s rings to find out how moons and even planets might form.

Rochelle Velho Postdoctoral, Heart of England NHS Trust

Looking after astronauts practicing to be on Mars…

The Schools

  • Barnsley Academy, South Yorkshire
  • Berkshire College of Agriculture, Berkshire
  • Bluecoat Academy, Nottinghamshire
  • Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Tyne and Wear
  • Darlington School of Maths and Science, County Durham
  • Dinglewell Junior School, Gloucestershire
  • Lark Rise Academy, Bedfordshire
  • Mallaig High School, Hertfordshire
  • Merton Park Primary School, London
  • Park Lane Learning Trust, West Yorkshire
  • Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derbyshire
  • Saxilby Church of England Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Simon Balle All-Through School, Derbyshire
  • Smithycroft Secondary School, Glasgow
  • Walker Technology College, Tyne and Wear
  • Woodlands School, Derbyshire

Francium Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Lewis Wright | PhD Student, Loughborough University

Making it super easy and super cheap to turn light into electricity.

Humayra Abdul-Razakq | Gastrointestinal Scientist, Poole Hospital NHS Trust

I use super fancy equipment, and carry out exciting experiments to find out what’s wrong with patient’s bum and tums!

James Martin | Geophysicist, Shell

I use computers, maths and physics to see inside people and the earth.

Sandra Greive PostdoctoralUniversity of York

How do the tiny biomachines inside cells and viruses work?

Dakshat Trivedi PhD StudentUniversity of Manchester

Did you ever wonder why your dad has no hair on the head or how his skin gets wrinkly? – I wonder why too!

The Schools

  • Audenshaw School Academy Trust, Greater Manchester
  • Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire
  • Ethos College, West Yorkshire
  • Mount Tamar School, Devon
  • Perth Academy, Perth
  • Poole Grammar School, Dorset
  • Queen’s Park High School, Cheshire
  • Reading School, Berkshire
  • Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Tyne and Wear
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicestershire
  • Swindon Academy, Wiltshire
  • The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, Middlesex
  • The Cornelius Vermuyden School, Essex
  • The Leigh UTC, Kent
  • The Reach Free School, Watford
  • Walker Technology College, Tyne and Wear

Radium Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Sha Yu PhD Student, John Innes Centre

Why do plants have to grow old and can we keep them young forever?

Alex Evans | PhD Student, University of Leeds

I study the ins-and-outs of how animals move around, focusing on the fascinating world of bird flight! 

Marco Esposito PhD StudentRoslin Institute

The lung allows us to breath. It needs to be protected from environmental damages.

Olivia Bailey | Postgraduate Researcher, University of Bath

I look for ways to use your poo to make more useful things.

Amanda Barnes PostdoctoralUniversity of York

I am trying to use the body to repair itself. I am providing it with building materials: cells that can generate new tissue and a template to direct the repair.

The Schools

  • Abbotsmede Primary School, Cambridgeshire
  • Arthur Bugler Primary School, Essex
  • Brimmond School, Aberdeen
  • Dolton Church of England Primary School, Devon
  • Hindley Green Community Primary School, Lancashire
  • Llanyrafon Primary School, Torfaen
  • Lochgilphead High School, Lochgilphead
  • Rivermead Primary School, Berkshire
  • Shrubland Street Community Primary School, Warwickshire
  • St Andrew’s CofE Primary School and Nursery, Hertfordshire
  • St Bede’s RC Primary School, Tyne and Wear
  • St John’s Church of England Primary School, Lancashire
  • St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Lancashire
  • Sullivan Upper School, Down
  • Swanmead Community School, Somerset
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