On Wednesday 5th February, the Lower Fifth attended a series of science lectures at Symphony Hall by five scientists who are working at the cutting-edge of their respective fields. Professor Mark Miodownik talked about his work in creating biodegradable plastics and the dangers of ‘greenwashing’. Next, was a talk from Professor Robert Winston about human fertility and how IVF treatments work. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock spoke about her interests in the Moon and her dream to be the first woman to walk on the Moon, as well as some theories relating to its formation. Dr Kate Lancaster informed us about new and upcoming developments in energy generation from nuclear fusion and new technological developments which may allow that to happen. Professor Steve Jones showed us how evolution of humans and genome sequencing can tie in with how humans live today, such as obesity rates in different countries, and also how different genes can affect mice compared to how they affect humans. We also had a talk from Stewart Chenery, a GCSE examiner. He explained how to approach a variety of questions in science GCSEs, and different ways to revise for exams. The Lower Fifth really enjoyed this trip and found it informative and interesting.
It has been wonderful to see our International Exchange Programme resume this academic year, providing a handful of Upper Fourth students the incredible opportunity to