June 2019 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here returns this June, for two weeks from Monday 10th-Friday 21st.

This June we’re running five themed zones, with two especially around psychology, and two general science zones.

Read on to find out all about them, or head straight to the application form to take part:

This June also sees the return of the MRC Festival Zone, where your students can connect with researchers and support staff from the Medical Research Council, and I’m an Engineer UK.


Influence Zone — a psychology zone

All of us are ‘influenced’ in some form on a daily basis. This could be a student changing their behaviour to match the rest of their class, or an employee following the orders of their manager, or someone deciding who to vote for from a news report on social media.

Psychologists in this zone might be looking at how our environment or role within society influences the choices we make, why we obey those in authority, or why people conform. They might also be researching prosocial behaviour such a bystander intervention, how different social factors affect the collective behaviour of a crowd, or helping companies understand how people make decisions about the products they buy.

The Influence Zone is supported 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 supported by the British Psychological Society.

Particles Zone

Particles are incredibly tiny bits of matter that make up everything in the universe. People, your school, your house, your town, light and radio waves are all made up of particles. There are many different types of particles, with different particle sizes and properties, such as microscopic particles which include atoms and molecules, and subatomic particles, which are particles that are smaller than atoms.

Scientists in this zone might be building experiments which are used to discover new particles, such as the Higgs boson. Or they could be working with particle accelerators to diagnose medical conditions or make new discoveries about the universe.

The Particles Zone is supported by STFC.

Plants Zone — for primary schools

General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park – the largest living organism in the world | Image: Wikipedia

Plants cover most of the world’s land surface and it’s estimated there are 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, finding new medicines based on plant extracts, or advising on how best to manage important resources like trees and forests.

The Plants Zone is for primary schools and is supported by Wellcome.

Space Zone — for primary schools

The Hubble Space Telescope | Image: NASA

Look up at night and you will see a whole lot of space out there. With less than 70 years of sending things into space under our belts, the future up above is almost limitless. And space has huge impacts on how we live our lives down here.

Scientists in this zone could be designing satellites, telescopes or launchers and analysing their data. Or they might be working to improve our understanding of the universe and what’s happening on our own planet.

The Space Zone is for primary schools and is supported by STFC.

General Zones

General 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.

  • Bohrium Zone  — supported by Wellcome
  • Hassium Zone — 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 23rd April. 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 June we’ll also be running
MRC Festival Zone — click here for more information.
I’m an Engineer UK  click here for more information.

Posted on March 19, 2019 by modmichaela in News. Comments Off on June 2019 Zones