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Published 3 May 2017

Seven students selected to attend CERN and the London Youth Science Forum

Seven secondary school students from around the country have been selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi from over 300 applications to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and also to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

The students will depart for London in July and stay in Europe for over three weeks. LIYSF is a two-week residential science conference held at Imperial College London, which will include lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to research and scientific institutions and world class laboratories and universities.  LYISF attracts 500 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 17-21 years from more than 65 participating countries. There is an active social calendar with events designed to enable those from around the world to learn about different cultures. 

Founded in 1959, LIYSF aims to give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of all humankind; and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations.  At a time when the sciences are of the utmost importance to all the nations around the world, the UK Prime Minister is endorsing the Forum to stimulate the attendance of young scientists the world over to come together to learn, exchange views, opinions and share knowledge at this exciting and dynamic event.

After LYISF has finished the students will visit CERN where they will hear some of the scientists talk about their work and get to see some of the complex equipment that scientists use. On their way to Geneva, the students will stay in Paris for two nights and visit some of the sights.

“This is a great opportunity for talented young New Zealanders to interact with experts at the top of their fields in science,” says Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

The Talented School Students Travel Award is managed by Royal Society Te Apārangi and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and will fund 70% of the student’s registration and travel costs. This Fund supports students who have been selected to attend an international science or technology event.

The seven students that have been selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi are:

Kelsea Elkington, Aotea College, Porirua (selected for a fully paid scholarship)

Cailey Dayu, Ormiston Senior College, Manukau, Auckland

Namisha Chand, Manurewa High School, Manukau, Auckland

Andre Castaing, Nayland College, Nelson

Thomas Hadley, Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth

Jackie Hazelhurst, Whanganui High School

Andrew Tang, Scots College, Wellington

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi