Last week marked the beginning of this year’s London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), a two week science enrichment programme held every summer at Imperial College London. Each year LIYSF attracts over 500 students, aged 17-21 years old, from more than 70 participating countries. HSL was honoured to be included in this year’s programme, playing host to 24 budding young scientists from across the world, who took a tour of HSL’s laboratories at 60 Whitfield Street and the Halo.
Established in 1959, LIYSF aims to give young people a greater insight into science and its applications for the future. This year’s theme of ‘Science – Making Life Better’ fits perfectly with HSL’s standing as a clinically-led provider of pathology and diagnostic services, as well as its commitment to delivering next-generation developments into clinical practice.
As part of their tour, the young scientists had a chance to visit the automated and manual blood science departments at the Halo. This involved specialist talks from the flow cytometry and haemoglobinopathy screening teams, as well as a glimpse of HSL’s state-of-the-art GLP track in action. Minn-E, a 17 year old student and budding life scientist from Malaysia, was very impressed with HSL’s laboratories: “The machines look great – it’s really interesting to see how technology is advancing in the UK. I’d love to go to university here because we just don’t have this kind of technology back home in Malaysia.”
Maria is a 17 year old student from Sweden, who gained a place at LIYSF after winning a national science competition. She wants to study medicine in the future, so enjoyed seeing the more clinical aspect of HSL’s work: “It was good to hear what it’s actually like to be a biomedical scientist, to ask questions and to understand exactly what they do.”
HSL was delighted to host these inspiring and enthusiastic young scientists. We can’t wait to see the impact they will no doubt make on the future international scientific landscape.
To find out more about LIYSF 2017, please visit www.liysf.org.uk