For this conference, a delegation of 9 students travelled to London to go to the Royal Society. The day started with a panel discussion with five notable fellows of the Royal Society. A small break followed this and then all groups involved went to their respective rooms for the first of two workshops.
The first workshop was geared around secondary research when trying to validate claims. It highlighted the importance of careful use of the internet and how corroboration allows for all claims to be confirmed before any of them are used. This was a useful insight into just how much care and attention needs to go into ensuring that every peice of information gathered, regardless of its location, is accurate in all respects. After this was the second and final workshop about the Young Scientist Journal that the Royal Society heads up. This journal is for scientists aged 12-20 and allows them to publish their research. The journal is still peer-mediated like all other well-known journals but it its edited and organised by like-minded individuals of the same age group. It was then decided that a local editing hub should be set up to help encourgage STEM projects similar to those the Society undertakes.
After a break for lunch, it was time for each individual school to present their project to the other schools that were at the event. There was an extreme range in topic and complexity between the different projects, with each being just as interesting as the next. After the Particle Physics Society's presentation, the delegation were taken out of the reminig presentations to have a private talk and photoshop with the then local MP for the area, Neil Carmichael (see right).
The rest of the event consisted of a private exhibition with each project being given a small stall and the opportunity to explain the respective project to prestigious members of the community and fellows of the Society. The majority of guests at the exhibition were fellow PhD scientists so the conversations soon became very technical and in depth with many guests leaving very intriqued as to how well our project woud be in the future once the detector is set up.
With the event finished, there was some free time to walk around London and have a group meal at Nandos before the train home later that evening.