Science Summer School 2013 - Press Release


Professor Cox tells east end pupils, "You can change the world through science" at his second Summer Science School


A unique Summer School at St Paul's Way Trust School in London's East End saw pupils giving up two days of their summer holidays to mix with some of the country's elite scientists recruited by academic and TV presenter Professor Brian Cox OBE.

The event (Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August) featured a behind the scenes look at Virgin Galactic's spacecraft and the Large Hadron Collider, CERN. With TED-style talks lasting 18 minutes, student presentations and exciting practical work, the programme also included topics ranging from the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Project, ocean currents and climate change to diabetes.

For the second day of the programme the teenagers journeyed to the innovative Siemens Crystal building in the Royal Dock, to hear directly from leading engineers solving practical challenges; including those involved in the huge cross-rail project. They were also exposed to the exciting thinking of entrepreneurs renovating the SS Robin, the world's oldest complete steamship which is now based in the Royals.

Titled 'MAKING BRITAIN THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN AND EXPERIECE SCIENCE'. The Summer School is the result of Professor Cox's view that to find the next generation of scientists, Britain needs to look in new places and have fresh ideas to attract young people. Speaking about the event, he said:

"This is very exciting. We will give the students access to leading scientists so they can see first-hand the excitement of scientific discovery. Our aim is to inform, to excite, and to give the students the information and inspiration necessary to become scientists and engineers. We want to demonstrate that there are no barriers that can't be overcome: if you're interested, you can do it, and the UK economy needs you. We want to inspire young people to believe that the future is literally in their hands."



The event is sponsored by insurers Catlin, who have previously produced award-winning materials for scientific education, Tesco, who are committed to creating new opportunities for millions of young people around the world by inspiring, equipping and enabling them to succeed in the world of work, Siemens who are a world leader in sustainable technologies, and the London Legacy Development Corporation. The event also has the support of social entrepreneur Lord Mawson of Bromley-by Bow who is now working with a range of organisations to create a co-ordinated and joined up response to address the issues of diabetes which is becoming a major issue within the local community.

Head Teacher Grahame Price said,

"At St Paul's Way Trust School we are proud of our status as London's first Faraday specialist science school. We are committed to inspiring young people to take a life-long interest in science and encouraging the next generation of Britain's scientists through innovative teaching methods and a practical and investigative approach to learning."

St. Paul's Way Trust School is a Faraday School, making the most of science innovation for its pupils. It is part of the St. Paul's Way Transformation Project which is exploring the connections between education, health, science and enterprise in partnership with students, staff and residents from the local community. The area around the school has rich connections with science, and Michael Faraday and Isambard Kingdom Brunel both worked locally.



The outstanding list of participants at the two-day event consists of:

  • Professor Brian Cox, OBE, SPWT Patron
  • Professor Jon Butterworth, Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London, and a member of the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider
  • Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic – the world's first commercial Spaceline.
  • Paul Meacham, ExoMars Rover Vehicle Project
  • Dr. Tamsin Edwards, Earth System Modelling, University of Bristol
  • Professor John Wass, Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University and Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Dr Mark Brandon, Polar Oceanographer, The Open University
  • Lord Andrew Mawson, social entrepreneur
  • Professor Graham, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Diabetes at Barts and London Hospital
  • Jason Flanagan, Design Director of Flanagan Lawrence
  • Nishani & David Kampfner, SS Robin
  • Rhodri Evans, STEM Ambassadors team for Siemens Metals
  • Professor Robert Mair, the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University
  • Professor Paul Brickell, a molecular biologist and Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships for the London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Tony McBride, Director of the Science Policy Centre Royal Society