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Science at The Savoy

12 November 2019

A Level Chemistry students heard from some of the world’s top scientists, working at the cutting-edge of their specialisms, at a fascinating event at The Savoy Theatre.

Eleven members of Westminster City School’s Sixth Form attended the exciting Science: Live day at the West End theatre. This event, part of a series covering A Level science subjects, was specifically designed for A Level Chemistry. It aims to improve exam results, as well as get sixth formers thinking about future university study and careers in the sciences.

Westminster City School student, Yuvraj, said: “Attending these lectures was a great opportunity to further explore chemistry as a subject and a career. We were able to see real-life applications of laboratory work, with the professors conveying intricate scientific theories at a level that we could understand and appreciate.”

Speakers at Science: Live included Professor Peter Atkins, from Oxford University. A renowned academic and prolific scientific author, Professor Atkins talked about the driving force of chemical change: energy and entropy. Other top speakers included the University of York’s Head of Physical Chemistry, Professor Lucy Carpenter, and Professor Andrea Sella of University College London.

Dr Fortes Rigos, who accompanied our students, explained: “The day was designed to be exciting and thought-provoking, giving our sixth formers the chance to talk with, and hear from, numerous world-leading experts. For example, Professor Carpenter talked about her surveys of atmospheric chemistry around the world, from the tropical Atlantic to London, looking at the relationship and feedback between chemistry and climate. In addition, Professor Sella gave a wonderful lecture asking deep scientific and philosophical questions about the role that chemists play in developing chemical weapons for war.”

A session on how nature inspires nano-technology, and what can we expect in the future from this new area of science, by a nanochemist at the University of Surrey, particularly inspired one Westminster City School student. Vaishnavi said: “Dr Suze Kundu’s lecture on nanoparticles interested me the most, as it explored scientific knowledge outside the usual school curriculum. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend these lectures at The Savoy Theatre.”

As well as hearing from high profile speakers at Science: Live, our A Level Chemistry students attended sessions with specialist examiners, receiving advice and guidance on their forthcoming summer examinations.

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