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Experts at ZEISS, an internationally leading technology enterprise, worked with lecturers and professors from Imperial College London’s Department of Materials to put together an exciting program that focused on the theme of ‘The science of sustainability under the microscope’. 

The program offered students an exciting opportunity to develop valuable skills and gain new experiences, whilst increasing their knowledge of scientific subjects from leading academic experts. Alongside some theoretical talks, the children had the opportunity to take part in practical workshops to examine various materials under the microscope and work on questions such as: How can we improve current materials? Which properties do they have? And how can they be used in an eco-friendly way?

The cohort of students, aged between 14-15, were made up of 12 children from local London schools and 12 children of ZEISS employees from around the world. The students spent a fully-packed week in London attending workshops, lectures and activities that saw them learn how to build and operate microscopes, using artificial intelligence for imaging and analysis, how microscopy and materials science are tightly interlinked and how the in-depth characterisation of materials can lead to a more sustainable future for all of us.

The summer school also included a one-day visit to the ZEISS head office in Cambourne, where they had the opportunity to see some of the latest technology from ZEISS’ Consumer Optics, Medical Technology and Research Microscopy Solutions strategic business units. 

Katharina Enssle, Head of Employer Branding at ZEISS, commented, “The aim of the ZEISS summer school was to give young people the opportunity to follow their passion for science while enjoying a unique experience at one of the world’s top academic institutes.

“It is important to give the young generation early exposure to the benefits of STEM subjects to help ignite their enthusiasm for how science can build a better future for us all. As a company we are passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and encouraging children from all backgrounds to follow their aspirations for a career in science.”

Dr Eleonora D'Elia, Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials at Imperial College London added, “It’s been fantastic to design this summer school program and sharing in the excitement of all the budding young scientists, from both here in London and around the world.

“It is an excellent initiative to help nurture these young scientific minds and direct them towards more sustainable mindset. We hope this experience has given them an exciting insight into the diverse array of STEM careers available and how fundamental they are for the future of all of us.” 

The residential summer school, held in London from 21st-25th August, provided both an inspiring learning opportunity and also gave students the chance to spend time with like-minded peers, while also experiencing some enjoyable extra-curricular activities at some of London’s top attractions.

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