June 2017 zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 12th to Friday 23rd June 2017.

This June, your favourite online science engagement activity returns with four themed zones, including two psychology zones for KS4 and A-Level psychology students.

We also have a range of general science zones suitable for any kind of researcher.

Read about them all below, or jump straight to the application form:

MRSA, in purple, a very antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’, being eaten by a white blood cell. They must have been out of ice-cream. | Image: NIH

Drug Resistance Zone

Remember that song you used to hate, but then heard so much everywhere you start to quite like it like it? Bacteria can find the same thing with drugs designed to kill them. Drugs treat lots of diseases and health problems, but over time, the organisms causing the conditions can evolve and become resistant to the drugs. Resistance can spread very quickly, and is one of the most serious problems facing modern medicine. Diseases and infections that were almost completely cured are now becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Scientists in this zone might be tracking the evolution of bacteria as they become resistant, they might be advising the government and NHS on how to deal with the problem, or they could be modifying existing antibiotics in order to strengthen them against the evolved bacteria.

The Drug Resistance Zone is funded by Wellcome

Epidemic Zone

If you thought dangerous epidemics were stuck in history books, think again. As Zika showed last year, epidemics are still a threat in the age of modern medicine and scientists work hard to study them. An epidemic is caused when a disease spreads over a large area, affects a large number of people at the same time and spreads faster than doctors can control. The outbreak of an epidemic can be caused by conditions like contaminated drinking water or the migration of animals. There have been many epidemics throughout history, such as the Black Death in the 14th century which is thought to have killed up to 100 million people, and the Ebola outbreak of 2014. In this zone, there might be scientists trying to detect new diseases and working to stop them before they become an epidemic, or people using data to map where an outbreak could spread, or nurses who make sure people are safe from the flu every year.

The Epidemic Zone is funded by Wellcome

Relationships Zone (a psychology zone)

Family, friends, partners, classmates – we have lots of different relationships with lots of different people. But how does the support we receive from our social networks improve our everyday lives? And how are our lives affected if we lack the support of others? Psychologists in this zone might be looking at how our social networks change from childhood through to old age and how early attachment can have far-reaching implications for our later life, or researching how romantic relationships form, are maintained and break down.

The Relationships Zone is suitable for KS4 and A-Level psychology students, and is funded by the British Psychological Society

Mental Health Zone (a psychology zone)

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being and affects how we think, feel and act. Mental health problems are extremely common and can be developed at any stage of a person’s life, ranging from depression and anxiety to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Psychologists in this zone might be studying different explanations for mental illnesses and whether they can be caused by genetics or experience. Or they might be a clinical psychologist, working with children with behavioural problems or mothers with postnatal depression.

The Mental Health Zone is suitable for KS4 and A-Level psychology students, and is funded by the British Psychological Society

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.

  • Actinium Zone — Funded by Wellcome
  • Thorium Zone — Funded by Wellcome
  • Protactinium Zone — Funded by Wellcome

Apply now to take part!


Apply by Tuesday 2nd May. 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 here, and take a look at this page for our advice on your application!

This June we’ll also be running 2 zones in I’m an Engineer UK. See here for info.

Posted on April 3, 2017 by modmichaela in News.