Focus on nanonscience at this year's International Science School
1 July 2013
Nanoscience: Small Wonders, Big Future is the theme of this year's International Science School, which opened today at the University of Sydney.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell welcomed 140 high school students from around the world to the two-week science school.
The International Science School gives academically gifted high school students the opportunity to become fully immersed in science for two weeks with talks by international science leaders, hands-on science activities and real insights into current scientific research.
As part of this year's nanoscience theme students will explore its vast applications, from exquisitely sensitive biotechnologies to probe the workings of the brain, to bespoke medicines fighting disease at the molecular level, to the next generation of optics-based IT technologies that will blow away today's fastest communication systems.
Dr Chris Stewart, Manager of the International Science School, said, "We chose the theme of nanoscience this year as it's an exciting frontier in science with a huge array of novel uses, and to celebrate breaking ground on the University's new Australian Institute for Nanoscience building."
"In addition to the keynote speech by Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, students will meet and hear lectures from a host of esteemed scientists, including Professor Philip Russell, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany, and Professor Michael Roukes, Co-Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute in California, USA."
The International Science School was established by Emeritus Professor Harry Messel in 1962, when he was Head of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. This year is the 37th time the program has run.
"The International Science School was set up to honour excellence. These students become the future movers and shakers in our society," Emeritus Professor Harry Messel said.
"We're really pleased that the NSW Premier is officially opening our International Science School this year. The school is an excellent science education experience that thousands of high school students have participated in over the years, and which offers them unparalleled science experiences."
The NSW government supports the International Science School through the Department of Education and Communities' Grant in Aid program, which has supported the last 17 International Science Schools. This funding supports approximately 60 places for NSW students.
Eighty places are reserved for students from other jurisdictions in Australia and from overseas. This year students will be attending the School from China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand.
Five talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have also received scholarships to attend the school this year.
To complement the science program, the school also provides a dynamic social program to give students the opportunity to develop new friendships with students from around the world, and to get to know the University.
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