Our bursary winners
Thank you to all those who applied. Our bursary winners were Liv Nathan (pictured), a third year veterinary student at Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies and Allie Mahdmina, a second year veterinary student at Royal Veterinary College.
Liv Nathan said “I am very enthusiastic about providing real-life context to science and giving people a space to consider issues arising around science.”
The students were required to use their observations and experiences to help the Trust develop future outreach activities to inform and inspire public audiences about veterinary clinical practice and research.
One of their achievements was to film an interview with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pockock MBE, a space scientist. That interview will be available on the website shortly along with further feedback from Liv and Allie.
Photo: Liv Nathan
Information about the festival
The British Science Festival is the largest annual public science festival in Europe. This year over 250 activities took place over the week. Event presenters included Brian Cox, Bill Bryson and Susan Greenfield [PDF 903 Kb].
The festival’s theme was “Energizing Minds”. It took place from the 4th – 9th September, and was hosted by the University of Aberdeen.
The Trust gave two passionate and enthusiastic veterinary students, Liv Nathan and Allie Mahdmina, the chance to go to the festival. This included:
- Transport costs to and from the event
- Free entry to all 5 days of the Festival
- Accommodation for 7 nights (Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th September 2012)
- Breakfast each morning
- Daily vouchers for lunch Tuesday - Sunday
- Dinner Monday – Sunday
- The opportunity to attend some of the headline events as VIP audience
- Free tickets to some “pay for” events.
What was the challenge?
By meeting leading scientists, engaging in debates and discussions and enjoying the atmosphere, the prize winners were set the task to come back inspired to help others understand the excitement and importance of veterinary clinical practice or research. They were asked to bring back one (or more) of their own innovative and practical ideas for a portable activity for us to take to a similar event. The activity could be in any format including multimedia, a demonstration, a game, a competition or something else altogether.
The winners have the option to join us to develop their idea into a finished product. If they do, it will result in the opportunity to be part of our Ambassador’s Scheme and there may be the opportunity for both paid and unpaid public presentations.
In addition, the bursary winners were asked to come to Belgravia House to present their ideas, photos and their video diary titled “The British Science Festival 2012 from a Veterinary Perspective to the Bursary Panel by Wednesday 31st October.
More information about the festival
British Science Festival 2012 competition rules, are available to download from our 'Related documents' box, top right.