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

Schools taking part in I’m a Scientist this June

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! In June, students at over 100 schools will be interacting with 35 scientists across 7 different zones.

Between 12th – 23rd June school students will put the scientists through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from infections, to teenage relationships, to the scientists’ thoughts on the election.

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…


Drug Resistance Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Thom Booth | PhD Student, John Innes Centre Norwich

I research how bacteria produce antibiotics and try to use that knowledge to discover new drugs

Sanjib Bhakta | Lecturer, Birbeck, University of London

TB or not TB: tackling antibiotic resistance in the deadly germ

Donna Johnson | Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

Trying to find out how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics

Abid Hussain | Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Heart of England NHS

I fight bugs and treat all sorts of infections.

Avril Tucker | Pharmacist, NHS Wales

A guardian of antibiotics and a helper to those who prescribe them

The Schools

  • Beaufort Co-operative Academy, Gloucester
  • Cardinal Winning Secondary School, Glasgow
  • Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Kent
  • Francis Holland School, London
  • Fulford School, York
  • Furness Academy, Cumbria
  • Holy Trinity, South Yorkshire
  • MidKent College, Kent
  • Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Devon
  • Somervale School Specialist Media Arts College, Somerset
  • St Bridget’s Primary School & Nursery Class, Glasgow
  • St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar, Belfast, Belfast
  • The Boulevard Academy, Kingston-upon-Hull
  • The Reach Free School, Hertfordshire
  • Thomas Knyvett College, Surrey
  • Uffculme School, Devon
  • Wigan UTC, Wigan


Epidemic Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Liz Buckingham-Jeffery | PhD Student, University of Warwick

I use maths to try and figure out how many people are going to catch norovirus (a very common illness that causes horrible diarrhoea and vomiting!) this year

Kevin Pollock | Health Protection Scotland

I work in the field of infectious diseases where I attempt to understand why deadly bugs infect us and what we can do to prevent being infected in the first place!

Christl Donnelly Professor, Imperial College London

I study infectious diseases – how they spread and how to stop them

Rebecca Corkill PhD Student, John Innes Centre

Think Jurassic Park science- but less deaths, danger and dinosaurs; instead we change insects so they benefit humans

Rosie Fok | Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 

I am a Consultant Microbiologist (a doctor who advises other doctors and healthcare workers on how to manage infections and prescribe the right antibiotics)

The Schools

  • Beech Lodge School, Berkshire
  • Broadlands Academy, Bristol
  • Darlington School of Maths and Science, County Durham
  • Didcot Girls’ School, Oxfordshire
  • Fowey River Academy, Cornwall
  • Gordano School, Bristol
  • Grangemouth High School, Grangemouth
  • Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Essex
  • Saint Gregory’s Catholic College, Somerset
  • St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Devon
  • Sutton High School, Surrey
  • The Dukeries Academy, Newark
  • The Highfield School, Hertfordshire
  • Tonbridge Grammar School, Kent
  • Walker Technology College, Tyne and Wear
  • Westcliff High School for Boys Academy, Essex


Mental Health Zone

This is a psychology zone, funded by the British Psychological Society.

The Psychologists

Steven Brown | Postdoctoral, University of Strathclyde

I look at why people commit so much time listening to music, why they like what they like

Michelle Jamieson | PhD Student, University of Glasgow

I’m making a treatment for people who use “witchcraft”, and go to hospital when they hear voices or see things

Jermaine RavalierLecturer, Bath Spa University

I help to stop work from making people ill!

Jack Barton | PhD Student, University of Manchester

I’m interested in how not sleeping enough might lead people to see and hear things which are not there

Gemma Taylor | Postdoctoral, University of Bristol

I do research to find out the best ways to help people stop smoking cigarettes.

The Schools

  • Alford Academy, Aberdeenshire
  • Allerton High School, West Yorkshire
  • Fitzharrys School, Oxfordshire
  • Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow
  • Millfield School, Somerset
  • Oakwood Park Grammar School, Kent
  • Prendergast School, London
  • Queen Mary’s High School, West Midlands
  • Sackville School, West Sussex
  • St Ursula’s Convent School, London
  • Stowmarket High School, Suffolk
  • The Becket School, Nottinghamshire
  • The Cotswold Academy, Gloucestershire
  • The Oxford Academy, Oxfordshire


Relationships Zone

This is a psychology zone, funded by the British Psychological Society.

The Psychologists

Sam Carr | Lecturer, University of Bath

My work helps us to understand how the psychology of families and human relationships is a critical influence on those involved in sport (at elite and non-elite levels)

Rose Turner | PhD Student, Kingston University

I’m finding out if reading stories, watching them on film and TV, or even acting in them, makes us better at understanding other people in real-life, and if they do, which one is best!

Maggi Laurie | PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

I am looking at how technologies influence social interaction and play in children with autism

Kirsty Miller | Postdoctoral, University of Dundee

My work involves asking people like you how the groups you’re part of make you feel!

Ben Kenward | Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

I’m finding out what children think about right and wrong, and why children think some morally wrong actions should be punished

The Schools

  • Archbishop Blanch School, Merseyside
  • Bay House School, Hampshire
  • Burford School, Oxfordshire
  • Chelsea Academy, London
  • Dover Grammar School for Girls, Kent
  • Malcolm Arnold Academy, Northamptonshire
  • Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Warwickshire
  • Northumberland CofE Academy, Northumberland
  • Petroc, Devon
  • Reepham High School and College, Norfolk
  • South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, Wiltshire
  • The Becket School, Nottinghamshire
  • The Dukeries Academy, Newark


Actinium Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Samantha Ahern University College London

I tell stories using data to explain phenomena

Matt Lee University of Bristol

I throw proteins at cancer cells to make them tell me how exercise and food make cancers, an Olympic athlete or a couch potato!

Deborah Aitken | Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

I use robotic patients to teach young people health skills

Adele Wratten | Mott MacDonald

I assess the environmental impacts from new developments

Adam Hargreaves University of Oxford

I love weird animals, at the moment I’m trying to exploit the defences venomous snakes have to protect themselves from their own venom to help treat snake bites in humans

The Schools

  • Ardrossan Academy, Ardrossan
  • Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, West Midlands
  • Court Fields School, Somerset
  • Downend School, Bristol
  • Ethos College, West Yorkshire
  • Harton Technology College, Tyne and Wear
  • International Academy of Greenwich, London
  • Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Warwickshire
  • Reepham High School and College, Norfolk
  • Sandymoor, Cheshire
  • Silverdale School, South Yorkshire
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicestershire
  • Speyside High School, Moray
  • Stirling High School, Stirling
  • The Cooper School, Oxfordshire
  • The Holy Cross School, Surrey


Protactinium Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Thorrun Govid | Sykes Chemist Ltd

I’m a Pharmacist- a legal drug dealer

Nicolas Labrosse | Lecturer, University of Glasgow

I stare at the Sun to understand how it works, but without sunglasses (do not try this if you don’t have a telescope)!

Helen Frost | Orphazyme ApS

Although I used to work in a lab as a microbiologist, now I do ‘science communication’ in a small biotechnology company in Denmark, where we are trying to cure rare childhood diseases

Daniel Smith | PhD Student, Cardiff University

Finding a way to know your disease from your own wee

Amy Grayson PhD Student, Manchester Metropolitan University

I am trying to find out why people get blood cancer and help find a cure!

The Schools

  • Churnet View Middle School, Staffordshire
  • Ferndown Middle School, Dorset
  • Heathfield Community College, East Sussex
  • King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, West Midlands
  • Musselburgh Grammar School, East Lothian
  • Parmiter’s School, Hertfordshire
  • Preston School Academy, Somerset
  • Sawtry Community College Academy, Cambridgeshire
  • Slemish College, Ballymena
  • St Gilgin International School
  • Swindon Academy, Wiltshire
  • The Deanery CofE High School and Sixth Form College, Lancashire
  • Waddesdon Church of England School, Buckinghamshire


Thorium Zone

This zone is funded by Wellcome.

The Scientists

Wajiha Bano | PhD Student, Western General Hospital Edinburgh

I work with a huge magnet that takes picture of the human brain to study different diseases.

Rosie Cane | PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

Studying the possibility of life beyond Earth

Philip Donkersley | Postdoctoral, Lancaster University

I watch bees fly around and see what they eat

 Chris Bowden Limagrain UK Ltd

I look at what plants are made of and make them stronger

Tom Nicholas | PhD Student, York Plasma Institute

I use computers to work out how to squeeze a star into a box, without melting the box!

The Schools

  • Bridge Junior School, Leicestershire
  • Fairfield Primary School, Cumbria
  • Greenmeadow Primary School, Torfaen
  • Llanyrafon Primary School, Torfaen
  • Marlborough Primary School, Middlesex
  • North Denes Primary School, Norfolk
  • Red Hill CofE Primary School, Worcestershire
  • St Andrew’s CofE Primary School and Nursery, Hertfordshire
  • St Anne’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Tyne and Wear
  • St Bede’s RC Primary School, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
  • St Leonard’s CofE Primary School, Shropshire
  • St Michael’s RC Primary School, Tyne and Wear
  • St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Swanmead Community School, Somerset
  • The Mulberry Primary School, London
  • Victoria Primary School, Edinburgh
  • Whitgreave Junior School, West Midlands


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