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 ISS2017 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, featured 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 from across the breadth of science. In the past we have had:

  • Tours of Research Labs at the University of Sydney, and a meet-and-greet with some of our best young researchers
  • Hands-on activities, seminars and workshops to extend your skills, get your brains working, and help you get to know other students.
  • The Science & Engineering Challenge, developed by the University of Newcastle

A Packed Social Calendar to help you all get to know each other:

  • A dinner cruise of beautiful Sydney Harbour — the on-board DJ has a great track selection, so start thinking about your playlist now!
  • Nightly social events including a trivia competition, movie and games nights ... and get your boots and best flannie on 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 Talent Night needs you. It really needs you.
  • 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.