International Science Youth Forum 2018

In early January, we had the opportunity to attend the 10th ISYF at Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore. The International Science Youth Forum (ISYF) is an exciting platform for young scientists to engage with Nobel Laureates and like-minded delegates from around the world. It nurtures a passion for science and research, and promotes international friendships.

This year’s theme, Transcending Frontiers, required us to challenge pre-existing boundaries in science and consider innovations that may benefit society. Our research on bone marrow immunology, conducted at the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane late last year, seeks to benefit society by improving the process of stem cell transplantation for cancer patients. The ISYF Research Poster Competition provided us with a chance to present our research to a judging panel.

Over the course of the week, we also participated in the Amazing Race around Singapore, during which  explored famous attractions including Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and the Esplanade. We visited universities and organisations such as Nantang Technological University, and Proctor and Gamble. During ‘cultural hour’ and the ‘cultural exhibition’, we were immersed in the cultures of the 120 delegates. We sampled exotic foods and watched traditional dances, and we took the chance to expose the delegates to the Nutbush and Vegemite! The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the masterclasses and discussion forums with Nobel Laureates where they shared their Nobel journeys.

Attending ISYF was an invaluable experience. It allowed us to create lifelong friendships with students from around the world. It inspired us to remain inquisitive and curious, and fostered our passion for science.

Jessica Weavis (12H) and Sarah Wilkey (12L)

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