Select the Summer Term Zones option on the full application form you are sent by email.
How I’m a Scientist works
I’m a Scientist is an online public engagement activity that gets all kinds of people working in science (researchers, technicians, managers, private sector, public sector… everyone!) talking to school students across the UK.
Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists.
Everything happens online so it’s easy for you to be involved right from your desk or smartphone and at times that suit your schedule.
Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their work, the universe and beyond. You engage directly with students in live text-based chats.
Live chats with classes
Live chats last 30 to 40 minutes. They are text-based, fast paced and fun. We don’t expect all scientists to attend every chat! Sign up to whatever you can fit into your schedule (watch example chat).
Time commitment is flexible and the format is designed to so you can fit taking part into your normal schedule as much as possible.
As an example, most scientists in a normal two-week event say they spend around 1-2 hour a day on the site; maybe 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be outside the work day, for example, during the evening or at lunch… See how IAS fits into the schedule of a busy scientist.
Zones: A group of scientists and schools
The activity is usually divided into ‘zones’ with a particular set of scientists and schools in each one. These can be General Science, or themed, for example, Genes Zone. You will be assigned a zone when given log in details for the site.
The questions students ask
The questions asked were both fun and challenging, keeping me on my toes at all times and giving me a fresh perspective and enthusiasm for my own research
Students will ask scientists questions about anything they like, about you, your work and science in general, from robots to pizza toppings.
All that’s needed is a computer with internet access. The live chats are text-based (no video or audio needed) and run through this site. Find out more about the benefits of a text-focused format.
Who can apply
The activity shows students the wide variety of careers that science leads to, so is open to anyone from industry and public sectors with a background in science and all kinds of scientists from academia (from PhD students to research associates to professors, and including technicians). If you’re not sure you’re eligible, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter's a great way to not only let scientists, teachers, funders and friends see the event as it happens, but it also lets us see how you're coping with it. We Tweet a lot from our account; from daily summaries, eviction and winner announcements to general chatter (terrible science puns).
It's also a great way to find future I'm a Scientist candidates and for you to forward them on to us, if you think they'd be good. If you're generally making a noise, we'll probably already be following you.