On Tuesday 25th of April, 4 wonderful scientists came from University College, of the University of London, to give talks on their brain research, and their personal science journey. The varying scientists talked about different topics such as Alzheimer's, short-term memory, chips (not potato !) showing neuronal damage, and  prion proteins. So fascinating! 43 students attended the schoolwide workshop on the brain. They were so amazing, and interested in what the scientists had to say, I was really proud of them.  The students asked the scientists many questions, that were really interesting. One of the students asked an amazing question on proteins, and they won a 3-D printed version of a prion protein.   One of the activities the students did was a short-term memory test, at the start of the workshop, they then recorded their score, and then at the end of the talks, they then did a post short-term memory test, and compared their scores. 25 students found that their short-term memory had improved, as opposed to 13 students whose short-term memory decreased.  Eight students' short-term memory stayed the same. We had proved in our research that listening to scientific talks enhanced short-term memory. Of course, this was a one-off experiment, and we would have to do it several times to get a mean, as you all know! The students got a chance to see what the Elite scientists have been up to since October 2022. They have been doing a project on the "Effect of various activities on the short term memory of year 7-9 students".  The Elite scientists will be giving their research findings to St George’s University of London (May), and the IRIS conference (June) at the Quakers meeting house in Euston.  All the students that attended got lots of freebies, as you can see from the photo! Well done everyone! :-)   

I want to say, thank you to:


Ms Elizabeth Hill,

Ms Ioanna-Christina Chatzitheodosiou, 

Ms Lili Szilagyi,

Dr Iryna Benilova,for their time, effort and wonderful talks.  

Miss Bennet for technical help! 

Ms Kapila

Science Teacher and 

Leader of Elite Scientists