November 2018 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 5th to Friday 16th November 2018.

This November we’re running seven themed zones, including two especially for psychologists, and one general physics zone. Read about them all below, or jump straight to the application form:


Childhood Zone — a psychology zone for Sixth Form students

Your childhood is everything that happens from when you are born to when you become an adult (whatever that means) and psychologists are fascinated by it. For example, attachment theory says that a strong emotional and physical attachment between a child and at least one parent or caregiver is critical to a child’s development. Psychologists are interested in the different relationships children have, such as the roles of parents, and what happens when a child has multiple attachments, or none at all.

In this zone, you might meet psychologists looking at how different childhood environments can affect people’s mental health, how children understand their sense of self and relationships with others, or how what happens to you in childhood influences the adult you become.

The Childhood Zone is supported by the British Psychological Society


Memory Zone — a psychology zone for all year groups

Without memories of the past, we couldn’t operate in the present or think about the future — we couldn’t learn new things, or make future plans, or recite all of the Rock’s rap from Moana (honestly, I could go on and on…). The world only makes sense because we can remember what things mean. What is language without memory?

And our memory isn’t perfect. For example, if we are distracted while something is happening we might not encode information properly, and find it difficult to recall what happened when we want to remember it.

In this zone, you might meet a psychologist researching how we store our memories and why we forget things. Or they might be working with eyewitness testimonies, looking at leading questions and misleading information.

The Memory Zone is supported by the British Psychological Society


X-ray crystallography revealed the structure of DNA | Image by Yikrazuul for Wikimedia

Crystallography Zone

Crystallography is the study of the way atoms are arranged in solids. Scientists look at this because it turns out structure has a big impact on what materials they look like, and how they work. Crystallography began with the study of crystals, like quartz, and today, crystallographers can study the architecture of any material that can form an orderly solid — from diamonds to viruses.

Scientists in this zone might be researching the molecular structures of proteins and DNA in the body (in fact, this was how the double helix structure of DNA was discovered). Or they might be working for a drug company using computer models of molecules made by crystallographers to help create new drugs to treat disease.

The Crystallography Zone is supported by STFC.


Epidemic Zone

If you thought dangerous epidemics were stuck in history books, think again. As Zika recently showed, 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, antibiotic resistance or the migration of animals.

In this zone, you might meet a scientist using maths to predict how many people could be affected by an infectious disease, or someone researching new treatments.

The Epidemic Zone is supported by Wellcome


Fast Computing Zone

Computers operate in binary, meaning they store data and perform calculations using only zeros and ones | Image: Christiaan Colen

From the creation of the world wide web, to mapping a billion stars with the Gaia mission, computing is changing our world. Amazing, Usain Bolt-level, super speedy computers are all around us — they control the satellites that orbit our Earth and explore our solar system, they model plasmas, biological proteins and crystals, creating a simulated world at our fingertips.

Scientists in this zone might be working with supercomputers to develop more accurate weather forecasts, or using data analysis to better understand diseases like cancer, spotting differences between tumour samples in cells.

The Fast Computing Zone is supported by STFC.


Sleep Zone

Sleep is something we all do, and is vital for survival. Good sleep helps with learning, especially in school, and disturbed sleep can lead to a loss of productivity. Lifestyle factors such as excessive media use and our 24/7 society make it difficult to prioritise sleeping, so it’s important for us to understand the benefits.

Scientists in this zone could be studying how the brain regulates sleep and circadian rhythms, why different people need different amounts of sleep, and what happens when people can’t sleep. Or they might be looking at why a lack of sleep might result in increased alcohol consumption, smoking or obesity.

The Sleep Zone is supported by the Physiological Society


Sustainability Zone — for primary schools

Sustainable living is living in a way in which we can continue to do so, as if we are going to live forever. At the moment, if everyone in the world lived like the average person in the UK, we would need three planet earths to keep us all going.

Humans take natural resources from the earth to make everything from houses, to cars, to computers, but these resources won’t last forever. We are also throwing away more and more rubbish such as plastic, which can take hundreds of years to decompose.

Scientists in this zone might be finding new ways to construct buildings more sustainably using eco-friendly materials, using data science to find environmentally friendly farming methods, or they might be working with councils to help minimise waste and maximise recycling.

The Sustainability Zone is supported by Wellcome.


General Science Zones

General Science Zones take scientists from a range of different research areas. We welcome any type of scientist to apply for these zones, especially people outside a traditional academic research environment; the more diverse the work you’re doing, the better.

  • Einsteinium Zone — a general physics zone supported by STFC
  • Fermium Zone  — for primary schools supported by Wellcome
  • Mendelevium Zone — for secondary schools supported by Wellcome


Apply now to take part!


If you’re already on our lists, please fill out the survey linked in the email we’ve sent you. If you’re new to our events, click below…

Apply by Monday 24th 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 now, find out more about the event here and take a look at this page for our advice on your application!


This November we’ll also be running
I’m an Engineer  click here for more information.
I’m a Scientist Ireland  click here for more information

Posted on September 4, 2018 by modmichaela in News. Comments Off on November 2018 Zones