SCIENTISTS IN SCHOOLS is a school led initiative delivered by OIBC, which connects STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) professionals working at the cutting edge of their field with schools. The aim is to enthuse more young people to connect with STEM and encourage them to pursue a career in STEM.

Research published by STEM Learning shows that 73% of businesses have found it more difficult to hire staff in 2017/2018. Business leaders revealed a major shortage of staff with STEM skills. Over half expect the STEM skills shortage to get worse in the next decade. Meanwhile the growth of the sector will likely double the number of STEM careers by 2028. STEM will be a key sector of employment for today’s students, entering the workplace in 2030.

Schools can pick from 3 different formats of events on a subject of their choice:

Previous subjects include:

  • The human brain
  • Music and the brain
  • The brain and memory
  • What makes us human?
  • New body parts for old: stem cells and regenerative medicine
  • The mysterious human heart: genes, environment, therapy
  • Infertility: treatment, science, ethics
  • Access, not excess: novel ways to nourish the world
  • Alternative energy: health and the environment
  • Powering the future: alternative energy – harvesting the forces of nature
  • Cancer: causes and treatment
  • Ecology: adaptations to extreme environments
  • Viruses: the invisible enemy
  • Particle physics and stellar astrophysics
  • Modifying organisms: from plants to humans
  • Is there a plan-et B?
  • Fusion and radioactivity
  • Hidden from view – Science at cellular level
  • Aerodynamics and rocket engines
  • Drugs and diseases
  • Harnessing the power of the immune system for the development of new medicines

Previous STEM professionals include:

  • Prof Richard Dawkins
  • Prof Heidi Johansen-Berg
  • Sir Richard Gardner
  • Dr Michael Mosley

To book a seminar, career talk, or pop up Café des Sciences please contact Kasia Lewis: klewis@oibc.org.uk to find out more.

Nov 2019

Scientists in Schools on Environmental risks to humanity

November 2019

King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage
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Oct 2019

Scientists in schools Scientific milestones

October 2019

Magdalen College School, Oxford
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Sep 2019

Scientists in schools Cutting edge science

September 2019

St Edward’s School, Oxford
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Jul 2019

DNA workshop – STEM day

July 2019

Trinity School, Newbury
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Scientists in schools animal care workshop and career talk

July 2019

Rivers Academy, Feltham Middlesex
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Scientists in Schools on The human brain

July 2019

Rivers Academy, Feltham Middlesex
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Scientists in Schools Seminar on The Brain

July 2019

Archbishop Tenison’s School, London
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Scientists in Schools on Human Brain

July 2019

Little Heath School, Reading
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Jun 2019

Scientists in Schools Defence against the dark arts: the immune system and its secrets

June 2019

Glenmoor and Winton Academies, Bournemouth
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May 2019

OIBC Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture ‘How can we improve patient safety through better communication?’

May 2019

Kellogg College, Oxford
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Career talk

May 2019

Aureus School, Didcot
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Café des Sciences

May 2019

Rowan Prep School, Claygate Esher
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Career talk

May 2019

Aureus School, Didcot
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Apr 2019

Café des Sciences

April 2019

Aureus School, Didcot
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Mar 2019

Scientists in Schools Genetic modifications

March 2019

Dunottar School, Reigate Surrey
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