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We also work with a number of NCOP programmes to deliver our activities to their target schools.
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Johnson Matthey are global leaders in sustainable technologies, applying cutting-edge science to create solutions that make a real difference to the world. They are developing solutions to help transport, energy, and chemical production move towards a circularity economy.
This year, Johnson Matthey are funding several Zones including two in the US. In the US the Clean World Zone will run from January to February and the Healthy World Zone from February to March. In the UK the Healthy World Zone will run from March to April.
In 2021/22, Johnson Matthey are funding the Clean World Zone in November 2021, and the Chemistry Zone in February 2022.
The Royal Institution is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. The Ri have been supporting I’m a Scientist since 2013.
Previous Zones funded by the Royal Institution: the Royal Institution Online Youth Summit in 2021, Planet Earth Zone in January 2021, Royal Institution Online Youth Summit in 2020, Secrets Zone in 2017, Privacy Zone in 2016 and Life Fantastic in 2013.
The South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol provides a focus for civil nuclear research, innovation and skills in the South West of the UK, bringing together a strategic alliance of academic, industrial and governmental members.
In terms of education, the Hub aims to ensure that the South West of the UK is an internationally recognised centre of skills provision in an area of strategic importance to the UK, with higher-level skills training undertaken by Universities in the Hub connected to vocational education through the National College for Nuclear.
In the academic year 2021/22, the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol are funding the Nuclear Zone in December 2021.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and practical applications of the discipline.
BPS supports and enhances the development and application of psychology for the greater public good, setting high standards for research, education, and knowledge, and disseminating our knowledge to increase the wider public awareness of psychology and its importance. The BPS has provided funding for multiple Zones each year.
In the academic year 2021/22, the BPS are funding the Psychology Zone in March 2022.
Previous Zones funded by the BPS:
- The Psychology Zone in November 2021
- The Psychology Zone in June 2021
- The Psychology Zone in March 2021
- The Psychology Zone in November 2020
- The Psychology Zone which ran from April to July 2020 as part of I’m a Scientist: Stay at Home
- Childhood Zone and Community Zone in March 2020
- Health Behaviour Zone, Society Zone and Enquiry Zone in November 2019
- Mental Health Zone and Influence Zone in June 2019
- Relationships Zone and Perception Zone in March 2019
- Childhood Zone and Memory Zone in November 2018
- Society Zone and Wellbeing Zone in June 2018
- Decision Zone, Mental Health Zone and Relationships Zone in 2017
The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market analysis, and early-stage commercialisation. It brings together research scientists and industry partners on projects with commercial potential that will reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; improve performance and reliability, and develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.
In 2021/22 The Faraday Institution are joint funding the Battery Zone in October 2021, alongside the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is the first activity funded by The Faraday Institution.
FUTURES is a public engagement collaboration between the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, University of Bristol, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth, which celebrates European Researchers’ Night.
FUTURES aims to engage a wide range of people from the South West of England with research and innovation and showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage.
In 2021/22, FUTURES2021 will fund the FUTURES Zone in October 2020.
Previously FUTURES2020 funded the FUTURES Zone in November 2020.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, their activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.
In the UK, the RSC is the largest non-governmental supporter of UK chemistry education. Their activities encompass formal and informal education from primary through to Higher Education levels and they are committed to providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for those teaching chemistry. They work closely with the government and other organisations on issues which may impact on science education and encourage initiatives to attract students to the chemical sciences from all parts of society and raise awareness of potential careers with chemistry.
In 2021/22, the RSC are providing funding as part of a long term agreement. This includes joint funding the Battery Zone in October 2021, alongside The Faraday Institution.
The first was the Health Zone in November 2020 which was joint funded by the British Society for Immunology. The second was the Molecule Zone in March 2021, which was joint funded by ScotCHEM. The RSC is also supporting the Molecule Zone in March 2022, alongside ScotCHEM.
Previous Zones funded by the RSC:
- Orange Zone in May 2021
- Energy Zone in March 2020
- Elements Zone in November 2019
- Energy Zone and Drug Discovery Zone in November 2016
- Mercury Zone, Catalysis Zone and Antibiotics Zone in June 2016
- Toxicology Zone, Climate Change Zone and Biochemistry Zone in March 2016
- Spectroscopy Zone in November 2015
- Ytterbium Zone, Polymers Zone and Colour Zone in June 2015
- Molecules Zone, Materials Zone and Green Chemistry Zone in March 2015
- Sustainability Zone, Drug Synthesis Zone, ChemCareers Zone and Spectroscopy Zone in November 2014
- Water Zone in June 2014
- Colour Zone in March 2014
- Energy Zone in June 2013
ScotCHEM is a strategic collaboration of 7 Scottish university chemistry departments: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, and Strathclyde. ScotCHEM promotes international research excellence, networking, training and knowledge exchange for Scottish Chemistry.
ScotCHEM research ensures industry has access to world leading capabilities and thought leadership. ScotCHEM produces a pool of outstanding graduates capable of taking on tomorrow’s challenges. Their work spans diverse fields ranging from fundamental studies, to applied science and engineering.
ScotCHEM is joint funding the Molecule Zone in March 2021, alongside the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The STFC, part of UK Research and Innovation, keeps the UK at the forefront of international science. STFC draws on many aspects of science and engineering, working with academia and industry to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.
STFC research addresses topics as fundamental as: The birth of the universe to the solar system we live in, Understanding how the heavy elements are formed in the violent explosions of stars, Is it possible to complete or go beyond the ‘Standard Model’, for example using what we’re learning about the recently discovered Higgs particle.
The STFC are currently supporting I’m a Scientist over 2 years through a Legacy Award. This includes support for the Helium Zone in March 2022.
Previous Zones supported by STFC during this funding period:
- Nuclear Zone in December 2021, alongside the South West Nuclear Hub.
- Orange Zone in May 2021
- Pink Zone in March 2021
- Purple Zone in February 2021
- Yellow Zone in October 2020
The STFC previously funded Zones over 2 years through a Legacy Award from November 2018 to March 2020. These included:
- Copernicium Zone, Electromagnetic Zone, Flerovium Zone, Particles Zone and Space Zone in March 2020
- Nuclear Zone, Electromagnetic Zone, Roentgenium Zone in November 2019
- Particles Zone, Space Zone in June 2019
- Imaging Zone, Nuclear Zone and Rutherfordium Zone in March 2019
- Crystallography Zone, Fast Computing Zone and Einsteinium Zone in November 2018
Between 2013 and 2016, a Large Award from STFC funded the following Zones:
- Gravity Zone and Iridium Zone in March 2016
- Extreme Pressure Zone, Tantalum Zone in November 2015
- Electromagnetic Zone, Extreme Force Zone and Hafnium Zone in June 2015
- Light Zone, Particle Physics Zone in March 2015
- Big Data Zone, Extreme Temperature Zone in November 2014
- Astronomy Zone, Diamond Zone and Extreme Energy Zone in June 2014
- Extreme Size Zone and Nuclear Zone in March 2014
- Extreme Clean Zone, Particle Physics Zone in November 2013
- Crystallography Zone, Extreme Speed Zone, New Materials Zone in June 2013
The South West Nuclear Hub is helping to realise the zero-carbon economy of the future, by providing a focus for civil nuclear research, innovation and skills in the South West of the UK. It brings together a strategic alliance of academic, industrial and governmental members.
In 2021/22 The South West Nuclear Hub is joint funding the Nuclear Zone in December 2021, alongside the Science and Technologies Facilities Council. This is the first activity funded by The South West Nuclear Hub.
The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, extends the understanding of how our genetic inheritance makes us who we are. The Centre looks across all three billion letters of the human genetic code, to discover how our genes increase or decrease our risk of falling ill. The Centre is an international leader in genetics, genomics and structural biology.
In 2021/22 The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics are funding the the Genetics Zone in November 2021. This is the first activity funded by The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leader in genome research and aims to deliver new insights into human and pathogen biology that change the course of biology and medicine. It was the UK home for the Human Genome Project – which revealed the entire DNA code of human life.
The institute’s The Darwin Tree of Life project aims to sequence the genomes of all 70,000 species of animal, plant, and fungi in Britain and Ireland. It is a collaboration between biodiversity, genomics and analysis partners that hopes to transform the way biology, conservation and biotechnology are done.
Previously Wellcome Sanger funded the 25 Genomes Zones in November 2017. This was in celebration of the institute’s 25th anniversary, which saw the DNA of 25 UK species decoded for the first time. The public voted for 5 of those species through I’m a Scientist. Teams of scientists and wildlife experts championed species they believed should be sequenced across 5 different Zones: the Cryptic Zone, the Dangerous Zone, the Floundering Zone, the Flourishing Zone, and the Iconic Zone.
I’m a Scientist was part-funded through a Sustaining Excellence Award from the Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charity. Wellcome are dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. They support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Wellcome’s public engagement grants are intended to promote interest, excitement and debate around science and society. Wellcome provided £550,000 over five years to support the event.
The British Society for Immunology (BSI) is one of the oldest, largest, and most active, immunology societies in the world and is the largest in Europe. Their mission is to promote excellence in immunological research, scholarship and clinical practice in order to improve human and animal health.
The BSI was founded in 1956 by a small group of hard working, visionary immunologists, who wanted to come together to share ideas. Today, members work throughout the entire immunology chain, stretching from the laboratory bench right through to the clinics and hospitals in which patients are treated – from discovery to delivery. The fields in which they work are wide and extensive, from HIV/AIDS to allergy, diabetes, malaria, TB, animal health, arthritis, transplantation, vaccination and infectious disease.
In November 2020 the BSI part funded the Health Zone, alongside the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is the first time the BSI have funded I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK – and around the world – by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists. The MRC invests in research on behalf of the UK tax payer.
For over a hundred years, MRC-funded scientists have been making life-changing discoveries, including the structure of DNA, the lethal link between smoking and cancer and the development of a group of antibodies used in making some of the most successful drugs ever developed. Today MRC scientists tackle some of the greatest problems facing humanity in the 21st century, such as dementia and antibiotic resistance.
The MRC funded the Medical Research Zone in November 2020.
Previous Zones funded by the MRC: Medical Research Zone (Summer term 2020 as part of I’m a Scientist, Stay at Home), Medical Research Zone (March 2020), MRC Festival of Medical Research 2019, MRC Festival of Medical Research 2018.
The Ogden Trust supports schools, projects, and programmes that are committed to enhancing physics teaching and learning. Established by Sir Peter Ogden in 1999, the charitable trust exists to promote the teaching and learning of physics.
The Ogden Trust enables innovative physics teaching to take place in, and collaboratively between, schools, often forging links to universities. The Trust supports teacher CPD and addresses the shortage of physics teachers in the UK by funding programmes that encourage young graduates to go into teaching. The Trust also aims to increase participation in physics for under-represented groups.
The Ogden Trust funded the Physics Zone in November 2020.
I’m a Scientist, Stay at home and I’m an Engineer, Stay at home Funders
A huge thanks to the following organisations for their support of the online activities running during the 2020 school closures.
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Coding Zone funded by
Environment Zone funded by Physics Zone funded by
Tomorrow’s Engineers Zone funded by
EngineeringUK, The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institute of Physics and UCL Engineering. These institutions form Tomorrow’s Engineers: providing quality engineering careers resources for schools and young people, led by EngineeringUK.
SfAM is the oldest microbiology society in the UK, serving microbiologists around the world. As the voice of applied microbiology, SfAM works to advance, for the benefit of the public, the science of microbiology in its application to the environment, human and animal health, agriculture, and industry.
SfAM works in collaboration with other organizations to ensure evidence based policy making and, in partnership with Wiley, publishes five internationally acclaimed journals. Value for money and a modern, innovative and progressive outlook are the Society’s core principles. A friendly society, SfAM values integrity, honesty, and respect, and seeks to promote excellence and professionalism and to inspire the next generation of microbiologists
The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects, and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes, and schools. Members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge about the discipline. The Society’s role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge.
The Microbiology Society is committed to supporting and encouraging the teaching and learning of microbiology at all levels as well as career progression. They offer grants to support microbiology teaching initiatives, events, and prizes to encourage excellence in the study of microbiology at undergraduate level. Funds are also available for members of the Society who are keen to run and participate in microbiology-related outreach activities with a view to increasing public engagement.
The Microbiology Society is funding Microbes Zone in November 2019.
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The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. They have a worldwide membership from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government.
Their purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. And, in their role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.
Alongside professional support for our members, they engage with policymakers and the public to increase awareness and understanding of the value that physics holds for all of us.
Education Scotland is a Scottish Government executive agency charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education and thereby securing the delivery of better learning experiences and outcomes for Scottish learners of all ages.
Education Scotland are funding the Subject Knowledge Zone through the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Regional and National Partner Fund 2019/20. This funding provides opportunities for Scottish teachers to engage in live chats with STEM professionals between November 2019 and March 2020.
The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. The Public Engagement Team – part of Connecting Science – at the Wellcome Genome Campus supports sharing and discussion of the pioneering science that takes place on the Campus. We do this through a range of live and digital experiences working with collaborators across research, education and culture.
Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement is funding the Subject Knowledge Zone. This funding provides opportunities for UK teachers to engage in live chats with professionals working in the field of Genomics between November 2019 and March 2020.
The Physiological Society
The Physiological Society promotes physiology and supports those working in the field by organising world-class scientific meetings, offering grants for research, collaboration and international travel, and by publishing the latest developments in leading scientific journals.
The Society also runs events for the general public on how physiology relates to everyday life, and for students who may be considering physiology as a career.
UK Space Agency
The UK Space Agency is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provide a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions.
A key goal in the current UK space strategy is to increase awareness among the general public of the UK’s space programme and of the role that space plays in everyday life.
The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) is an academic society that promotes the study of animal behaviour by holding conferences, funding research and publishing Animal Behaviour, the leading international scientific journal in its field. ASAB care about animals and their Ethical Committee promotes the ethical treatment and conservation of animals.
ASAB encourages the teaching of animal behaviour in schools through our Education Committee. The Committee provides free teaching resources and offer funding to teachers keen to develop new resources. The ASAB Education Officer visits schools to give talks about animal behaviour, and our committee members are always on hand to advise on scientific research methods and the behaviour of animals.
ASAB funded the Animal Behaviour Zone in March 2017.
IPEM is the Learned Society and professional organisation for physicists, clinical and biomedical engineers and technologists working in medicine and biology.
Healthcare is one of the most useful areas you can apply physics and engineering to and the NHS is the largest employer of scientists in the UK. Physics and engineering principles have contributed to the development of every single medical device that is used in hospitals from simple blood-pressure monitors to sophisticated MRI machines.
BBSRC – GM Food Zone, Food Science Zone
Biochemical Society (part-funders): Health ZoneBiochemistry Zone, Antibiotics Zone.
British Society for Cell Biology – Cells Zone
British Pharmacological Society – Pharmacology Zone
e-Bug – Antibiotics Zone
Institute of Physics – Space Zone, Quantum Zones, Laser Zone, Earth Zone, Light Zone, Terbium Zone, Osmium Zone, Medical Physics Zone
Physiological Society – Sports Science Zone, Human Limits Zone, Body Zone, Ageing Zone
RCUK Digital Economy – Digital Zone
RCUK Energy Programme – Energy Zone
RCUK Lifelong Health & Wellbeing programme – Healthy Ageing Zone
Royal College of Pathologists – Pathology Zone
Science & Technology Facilities Council – Zinc Zone, Subatomic Zone, Electromagnetic Zone
Science Foundation Ireland – I’m a Scientist Ireland
Society for Endocrinology – Hormones Zone
The Genome Analysis Centre – Bioinformatics Zone, Genomics Zone
University of Nottingham – Food Science Zone
University of Reading — Evolution Zone
Nelson Thornes, Kerboodle
Wellcome, In the Zone – Primary 7-11 Zone, Secondary 11-19 Zone
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What is I’m a Scientist?
It’s a competition between scientists, where the students are the judges.
Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live Chats. Then they Ask the scientists all the questions they want to, and Vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.