About ISS 2019

Amazing Science, Amazing Experience: In July 2019, 130 top science students from eight countries — Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Thailand, the USA and the United Kingdom — will gather at the University of Sydney for a two-week fully residential program of inspiring lectures by leading researchers, laboratory tours and hands-on activities, all complemented by a rich schedule of social events. It’s an event you don’t want to miss.

What does it cost to come to the ISS? Nothing! Yes, really. The students and teacher who are selected by the selection committee at the University of Manchester will receive full funding to attend ISS2019. The scholarships cover transport to Sydney, all accommodation and meals for the two weeks, and the entire ISS program of events. Unfortunately we can only offer this to students who are attend a school in the Greater Manchester area.

Calling all science-mad senior secondary students: if you’ve got a talent for STEM subjects and a passion for science, you really should apply! ISS2019 is open to any student attending a school in Greater Manchester who will be completing their final year of school in 2019/2020. We will be selecting three Greater manchester high school students to attend ISS2019.

Calling all secondary science teachers: ISS2019 is an amazing opportunity to expand your science knowledge so that you can improve in the classroom. There is full funding to send one teacher to attend ISS2019 absolutely free, with the proviso that you look after the UK students who will being sent! Applications are open to any science teacher teaching at one of the selected schools in the Greater Manchester area.

The selection committee at the University of Manchester will be selecting three students from Greater Manchester High Schools and a teacher to accompany the students, for full scholarships to attend ISS2019: Frontier Science

What is the ISS?

The ISS has been running since the 1960s — it’s a prestigious and inspiring event. Every ISS has a theme, and this year’s is Frontier Science. We have some amazing speakers from across a wide range of research disciplines, and a packed schedule of events. Here’s a taste of what’s in store. The ISS2019 Lecture Series — daily talks by leading scientists, including:

  • Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astrophysicist and discoverer of pulsars
  • NASA flight director Matthew Abbott
  • Quantum computing guru Professor David Reilly
  • Nano-robot pioneer Dr Shelley Wickham …
  • and many, many more!

Tours & Activities to give you a real sense of research-level science:

Visit cutting-edge research labs to get your hands on some amazing science gear

Meet some of our best young researchers and find out what your future in science could look like

Build bridges, crack codes and compete for glory in the Science & Engineering Challenge

A Packed Social Calendar to help you all get to know each other:

  • See the city of Sydney at its shining best and dance your legs off during the ISS Harbour Cruise
  • Nightly social events including trivia competitions, movie nights, and the infamous ISS Talent Quest
  • Soak up the grandeur of the University of Sydney's Great Hall for the ISS2019 Gala Reception

“The two weeks in the ISS was the most meaningful, fulfilling, exciting time in my life. It was an experience we cannot gain anywhere else.” — Student at ISS2017


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