Asia Pacific Conference for Young Scientists
In December, CSIA were invited to take part in the 7th Asia Pacific Conference for Young Scientists (APCYS) and 2nd Invitational Science Fair (ISF) hosted by Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS) Thailand.
KVIS is a full boarding School that offers a specialised STEM curriculum for high ability students on three-year scholarship programmes. It is situated within a Research and Education Park, comprising of VISTEC Research University and the Wang Chan Forest project.
Two students from CSMS (Alfie Baker and Sarah Pengelly) were selected to attend this prestigious event and were required to complete a research project that would be presented during the conference to a series of professors, external specialists and peers.
As part of the CSMS programme and in collaboration with Dr Gower, the students have been researching glacial melt across both the Antarctic and Greenland in partnership with IRIS. Their project involved monitoring iceberg calving using synthetic-aperture radar and tracking these results in order to predict future events and glacial movement.
The aim of the conference was to promote an atmosphere of scientific research exchange among students from schools around the world. The conference included an opening keynote lecture by prominent physicist Teepanis Chachiyo, who inspired the students with his exciting progress in the field. The student teams then undertook their poster presentations and oral presentations, before participating in a series of scientific workshops and many cultural activities. These provided opportunities to collaborate with international peers and develop future links with students from many different Schools and Countries.
Students were also able to experience traditional Thai food, arts, Muay Thai boxing and performances, as well as visits to The Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Rattanakosin museum, Buddhist temples and the Sea Turtle conservation centre.
This was a fantastic opportunity for students to collaborate with others and experience different cultures that offers so many benefits to both the students as individuals and their work. At the end of the conference, awards were presented to teams for both oral and poster presentations. The CSIA team were awarded best poster presentation and Bronze medal for their oral presentation in the category of environmental science which is a fantastic achievement.