Archive | Field trips

LIYSF Day 12: Cambridge and Culture (P)

Hi Everyone, Today, I visited Cambridge. As is LIYSF tradition, we waited around for a while once we arrived. Impatient, we asked the staff what we were waiting for, and learned that we were waiting for tour guides. We complained, as we’d hoped to spend as much time exploring the city as possible. However, our […]

LIYSF Day 11: Space, Sports, and Screaming (P)

Hi Everyone, Today started with hearing from Mark McCaughrean of the European Space Agency (ESA). He described several missions from both the past and the future of the ESA. I found his summary of the Rosetta mission particularly intriguing. As you may have heard, the probe, Rosetta, flew near a comet, then dropped a second […]

(T) LIYSF Day 10: Professors, Pumba and Performances

I had a comment about my lack-luster titles, so hopefully this one meets higher standards. *cough cough* The critic knows who they are. Started today off with a lecture on hydrogen fuel cells. I am a huge supporter of clean energy and new ways to improve the global climate and found the talk inspiring. From […]

(T) LIYSF Day 9: Oxford and Friends

EARLY morning today. Holy cow the late nights and early mornings are starting to take their toll. However, this morning was alright, as I was excited for my visit to the Oxford University vaccine lab today. By bus, it takes about 1.5 hours to get to Oxford from South Kensington, so not too long, but […]

LIYSF Day 10: Engineering, Chemistry, and the Cabaret (P)

Hi everyone, The days are starting to blur together now. Lack of sleep and constant activity is definitely reducing my ability to do…anything, really. Such as post blog posts on time. Or remember what happened on which day (I wrote a paragraph about the Culham Fusion Centre before realizing I’d already written about it) But […]

(T) LIYSF Day 8: Lecture day

We had specialist lectures first thing in the morning today. Headed out to Queen’s lawn after breakfast to find our group, and before splitting up into groups we heard a lecture from Sir Roy Anderson. He spoke about viruses and epidemics and ways we can study and control these. Post-lecture, we headed to our separate […]

LIYSF Day 9: Fusion, Oxford, and Duct Tape (P)

Hi everyone, Today, I visited the Culham Fusion Centre. Unlike many Nuclear Fusion research centres, they accepted the joke that “Nuclear Fusion has been 30 years away for the last 60 years”. However, they provided an explanation: Material science is bottlenecking progress, not the underlying physics, so all we need is more engineers working on […]

LIYSF Day 8: Skits and Stuff (P)

Hi Everyone, My alarm failed to go off this morning, so I woke up at 8:30, when I needed to be fed and ready to go to a lecture. I threw on clothes and sprinted to the lecture, just making it on time. Later, I learned that other people had flat-out missed some of the […]

LIYSF Day 7: Space Stuff (P)

Hi Everyone, Today (yesterday?), I woke up far too early in the morning in order to visit Leicester. Fortunately, everyone else headed there agreed, so I spent the majority of the 2.5 hour bus ride asleep in relative quiet. Once we reached our destination, we piled out of the bus and visited the University of […]

LIYSF Day 7: The day I slept in

Woke up this morning to realize I had set my alarm for pm, not am…. coincidentally I had missed the bus for my visit to the National Space Academy. Unfortunately I was also feeling quite unwell so I decided that I should take the day to sleep and do laundry. However, I was quite disappointed […]