News Festival of Science 2022 26.07.2022

Students from Collyer’s Science Faculty engaged in a day of talks and activities last week, as part of a number of STEM events at the college. Students relished the opportunity to pick the brains of guest speakers and experts covering the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, and IT, as the college hosted one of the largest Sixth Form College science careers events of its kind in the country. The day was a huge success and offered informative and inspiring presentations within a packed schedule.

The Festival of Science 2022’s theme was ‘Emerging Technologies’ with many of the talks and activities exploring developments at the forefront of research in STEM, inspiring students to see where the fields they’re considering might go in the next decade. With talks and workshops throughout the morning, then a science fair in the afternoon, students were inspired and resourced to play their part. The college were delighted to welcome over 40 speakers and exhibitors from companies, industries, and academic institutions.

Inspiring keynote speeches came from Stephanie Hill, a PhD candidate in therapeutic radiography, and former Miss England, and Rebecca Kennedy, an Innovation Consultant from Bluewave, Southern Water’s research and development department.

The visiting experts also included many ex-Collyer’s students, now studying and working in developmental fields in STEM, who kindly gave up their time to come back and talk to the next generation.

Hannah Page, Director of Faculty for Science said: “We were delighted to see the Festival of Science return for a second year in its current format. Huge thanks to the staff, speakers and exhibitors who gave their time and energies to making this event possible.”

Collyer’s Principal, Dan Lodge said: “Massive thanks to our inspiring experts and to Hannah Page and her team for all their hard work in making the day possible. The Festival of Science enabled the Collyer’s community to demonstrate a commitment to emerging technologies and is a fantastic opportunity for Collyer’s students to be given up-to-date, topical advice from those currently working across a range of science and technology related industries.”

Hannah Page added: “What an exciting time to be involved in the world of STEM with so much development on the horizon and so many opportunities for our students to have a positive impact on the world and their communities.”