A Quick Overview of the ISS Program 

Everyone will arrive at the ISS by the afternoon of Sunday 7 July 2019. That evening we will have a welcome event, a briefing for the program ahead, and some fun ice-breaker events to give everyone a chance to get to know each other.

Most weekdays at the ISS will run something like this:

From 7am 
Breakfast at the boarding accommodation
9am Travel by bus to University of Sydney
10am ISS Lecture Series — an inspiring research talk by a leading scientist
11:30am First Activity — split into groups for experiments, tours etc
1pm Lunch at The University of Sydney
2pm Second Activity — more science awesomeness around the university
3:30pm ISS Lecture Series — second of the day’s science lectures
Dinner at one of the University of Sydney’s residential colleges
7pm Bus back to Kincoppal Rose Bay school Social activities
curfew 10:30pm, lights out 11pm

The middle weekend of the two weeks at the ISS provides the opportunity for a bit of time off, and you’ll have a chance to take part in many different social activities organised by our fantastic volunteer staff team at the boarding accommodation and around the Sydney area.

The ISS program officially ends on Saturday 20 July. Most overseas and interstate students will fly home that day, and local Sydney students will be collected by their families that morning.

The ISS lecture Series

The backbone of the ISS scientific programme is the lecture series. Each ISS we bring leading scientists from the University of Sydney, across Australia and around the world to talk about their cutting-edge research. Usually we run two lectures a day, each an hour long with around 20 minutes for questions afterwards. We will be recording the lectures and putting them online after the program finishes.

To see the lectures from past ISS programs go to: youtube.com/thesydneyiss

Morning and Afternoon Activity Sessions

Usually we will run two sessions each day for activities such as laboratory tours, hands-on experiments and seminars, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines — geoscience, biology, physics, astronomy, robotics, psychology … You will be organised into groups of around 20 students to attend these sessions, with one or two staff members to assist each group.

My perspective on the world has changed over the two weeks. I have made some amazing life-long friends, and I have had the most exciting and wonderful time here at the ISS. Thank you for the most wonderful two weeks of my life. — Student at ISS2017

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