International Science School 2013 Program

Centuries of progress in science and technology have given us amazing understanding and control over the matter around us in the universe. In the last few decades we have learned to explore and manipulate matter at the scale of atoms and molecules - at a level where quantum effects take over, and familiar materials take on entirely unexpected properties.

This new age of nanoscience and nanotechnology promises a vast array of novel applications, from invisibility cloaks inspired by extraordinary metamaterials, 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.

The 37th Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS2013) ran from June 30th to July 13th 2013. The ISS2013 Nanoscience: Small Wonders, Big Future brought together top international and Australian nanoscience experts, along with leaders from the breadth of science, including keynote speaker and Nobel prize-winning cosmologist Professor Brian Schmidt.

Get the ISS2013 book

ISS2013 book cover

Each ISS lecture series is accompanied by a book – this year, we have made an ebook containing interviews with each of our inspiring speakers. You can get the book in two forms:

About the ISS program

During the two-weeks of the ISS, students take part in a variety of science activities to help them discover and realise their scientific potential:

  • Talks and interactive workshops run by leading scientists challenge and expose students to new ideas.
  • Tours of thriving science laboratories and hands-on experiments.
  • A dynamic social program, with opportunities to develop new friendships with students from around the world, and to get to know the University and the wonderful city of Sydney.
  • The on-campus university experience, living throughout the ISS at one of the university college residences, with access to the University’s gym, pool and library.

How to apply

The ISS runs every two years. Applications for the next program, ISS2015, will open early in 2015.