A Typical ISS Program


The International Science School is an amazing program of talks, activities and social events — it's an unforgettable two weeks!

We will update this site with details for ISS2019 as they get nailed down. For now here's a taste of what we have in store.

The ISS Lecture Series, the backbone of the program, features talks by world-leading researchers from across the sciences and engineering. In the past we have had Nobel prizewinners alongside up-and-coming researchers — all with an inspiring story to tell.

Activities & Tours: get hands-on with experiments, lab tours, seminars and workshops to extend your skills, get your brains working, and help you get to know other students. The program features activities from across the breadth of science — past ISSs have included:

  • Tours of science research labs at the University of Sydney, in physics, chemistry, biosciences, engineering, IT, geoscience, and much more
  • A meet-and-greet with some of our best up-and-coming young researchers
  • The School of Psychology's finest mind-bending visual and cognitive illusions
  • A lightning-fast introduction to scientific ethics in our Ethics & Leadership Workshops
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the University's museum collections
  • Competing for glory in the Science & Engineering Challenge, developed by the University of Newcastle

A Packed Social Calendar: after the science is done for the day, we have a swag of social events to help you all get to know each other, such as:

  • A dinner cruise of beautiful Sydney Harbour — when you've taken photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from every possible angle, get on the dance floor as the on-board DJ cranks up the volume.
  • Nightly social events including a trivia competition, movie and games nights ... and grab your boots and best flanno shirt for the traditional ISS Bush Dance (oh, go on — trust us, it's great fun)
  • The ISS Gala Reception — a chance to meet our past alumni, donors and sponsors of the program, and soak up the Hogwarts-esque grandeur of the University of Sydney's Great Hall
  • The Infamous ISS Talent Night — Do you sing? Dance? Do magic? Play an instrument? The ISS Talent Night needs you. It needs all the talent it can get, tbh.
  • and so much more ...
A Typical ISS Day
7:00am Wake up, drag yourself down to breakfast with new international friends
9:00am Everyone on the bus for University of Sydney
9:30am First research talk of the day: brain stretches as science kicks in
11:30am First activity, split into groups of 20 or so: might be a lab tour, might be an experiment ... will be excellent
1:00pm Lunch on campus at The Women's College
2:30pm Second activity: more sciencey goodness across the university
4:00pm Second research talk: more inspiring science, think of brilliant question to stump scientist
6:00pm Dinner at The Women's College
7:30pm Back on the bus: return to KRB school
Social activities or outings
10:30am Fall into bed exhausted but happy.