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 four themed zones, as well as a general zone suitable for anyone working in science. Read about them all below, or jump straight to the application form:

 

Environmental Care Zone — for primary schools

How we live affects the environment, in both positive and negative ways. So protecting the environment can be helped through how we choose to act, which extends out to the whole planet. You might care for the environment at school or at home — do you watch out for littering and use recycled paper? Are you careful about your energy and water use? How do the people in charge behave? Are they as careful as you?

Lots of scientists are working to protect the environment, working with both local areas and big industries. In this zone, you might meet scientists working with companies to reduce their pollution, talking to governments to change laws, or researching new ways to turn our waste into something useful.

The Environmental Care Zone is supported by Science Foundation Ireland

 

A section of DNA | Image: Richard Wheeler

Genes Zone

A gene is a set of instructions for making a particular protein. The instructions are written in DNA, which is a very, very, VERY long molecule. All living things depend on genes, and all of the DNA in one of your cells has the instructions for making a person. Each cell in the human body contains about 25,000 to 35,000 genes. They carry the information that determines the features that are passed on to you — or inherited — from your parents.

In this zone you will meet scientists working across the field of genetics: on DNA damage and cell growth, or on proteins and genetic diseases, or even new technologies for genetic editing and the ethics of using these tools.

The Genes Zone is supported by Wellcome

 

New Materials Zone

New materials are cleverly designed substances based on recent technology. From flexible, lightweight, transparent and electrically conductive materials that can be worn to monitor your heartbeat and record unusual symptoms, to chewing gum containing finely powdered glass that can help to protect teeth and gums from decay.

Scientists in this zone might be working with new materials that can deliver drugs within the body, targeting specific sites, such as organs or tumours. Or they could be researching new materials that react to changes in their environments, such as temperature, light, pressure or moisture.

The New Materials Zone is supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

 

Smart Data Zone

We live in the era of data and computers, with scientists collecting massive amounts of information to analyse and use in a thousand ways. Data can be gathered from all sorts of place, for example social media, or information from satellites in space. But what do people do with it all?

Scientists in this zone might be using data to develop more efficient weather forecasting systems, working out how to better run public services in busy cities or looking at millions of models of people to study how a certain disease spreads. They could even be using data from huge computers to work out how the universe is constructed.

The Smart Data Zone is supported by Science Foundation Ireland

 

General Science Zone — Neon Zone

The Neon Zone will 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.

The Neon Zone is supported by Wellcome.

 


Apply now to take part!

Teachers:

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.

Scientists:

Apply by Monday 1st October, and find out more about the event here and take a look at this page for our advice on your application!

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