I can’t believe it’s already Friday, this forum is just flying by! Today was a very full day. For the first time since arriving I managed a full night’s rest, and so felt more prepared for the day than in a while. We started off with specialist lectures. I had a lecture on nanomaterials and the effects on human health. Very interesting, especially because they looked at the effects of nanomaterial exposure to phagocytosis using human cell culture techniques! His work was actually very similar to the research that I have been doing in the Lee Lab with fish cells which was really cool.
After lunch we had a regular lecture, on molecules of the world. It was organic chemistry at a very basic level and I didn’t learn quite as much, but the speaker was great, and the history of the discovery of polymers such as Kevlar was very interesting. Following the lecture the massive LIYSF group was split and sent to either the Natural History Museum or the Science Museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to look through the Science Museum, they had an incredible amount on display to the point that it was overwhelming. There is really no possible way to see everything in the museum in one visit.
After the museum we had dinner, which was pizza!!! This generated a lot of excitement, mostly because cafeteria food is really not the best, but this pizza was phenomenal.
After dinner we set off for the Chelsea Town Hall for the international Cabaret. I walked down with a group including Katerina from Slovenia who was happy to share her history and Slovenian culture, she spoke 5 languages! The Cabaret itself was definitely the highlight of the day! It was essentially a talent show that involved various countries, either individuals or groups, to perform on the stage. The energy in the building was unreal, and both the crowd and performers were having a great time. There were many great traditional dances, such as from India or Cyprus, as well as singing and and guitar-playing. Very enjoyable evening, and what better way to end it than once again going out for some frozen yogurt afterwards.