Claire Nicholson is Chief Editor of the Young Scientists Journal and is in Year 12 at Herts and Essex in Bishop’s Stortford.
For many years now science has been struck with criticisms and debate over pretty much all of science – from funding issues, conspiracy theories to the validity of the actual science, indeed science seen as causing more problems than it solves.
However, we’re moving into an exciting phase of science where there has been a huge increase in scientific developments and public interest in science, and suddenly money can be found, including innovative strategies such as the crowd-funded Lunar Mission One. Now, science is all about solving the unanswered mysteries from here on Earth to way beyond our planet.
Right now, the pressure is on Africa and the rest of the world to find a vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus that’s killed almost 7,000 people. The virus spread from one very unsafe burial which later caused an explosion of the Ebola virus. The race for a vaccine has been going for almost a year – and now we may have a 15-minute test for Ebola that’s solar powered and portable. Scientists hope this can bring a faster diagnosis and a better chance of survival, and above all reduce the transmission of the virus so we can bring it under control.
All this has happened in a relatively short period of time but it would have taken even longer had scientists not shared their research with other scientists worldwide. This also allows the information published to be passed onto the next generation so real scientific developments can happen.
Science is not the same without the involvement of other people passionate about science. The UK has launched its biggest space project yet – Lunar Mission One. The mission received incredible support and reached and exceeded the crowd funding target of £600,000 in 2014. Above all, this mission is for everyone and aims to inspire you, the next generation of young scientists. Even though the initial campaign stage of the mission , the mission will take place over the next ten years all over the UK and beyond into science, not only by learning more about our Moon but the decisions which take place behind the scenes to enable developments in science to take place.
The special issue of the Young Scientists Journal
Currently, the Royal Society is celebrating its 350th year of scientific publishing and to celebrate we partnered with the Royal Society to publish research students had carried out under the Partnership Grant scheme, partnering with a professional who uses science, engineering, technology or mathematics in their job. We were delighted with the submissions and the amazing work the students carried out can be read in issue 17 online.
On 14 October 2015 we will be holding our second science communication conference at The Kings School in Canterbury which is free to attend, where we will be holding a host of workshops and talks from inspiring scientists and science communicators from across the UK. Our keynote speaker, is Martyn Poliakoff. You can reserve your place from 1 September and keep updated on the Young Scientists Journal events page.