I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here
I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. It's a free X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges.
Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced online live chats. They then ask the scientists all the questions they want to, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.
We have sponsored a number of zones and developed a food security debate kit with The University of Nottingham. Many BBSRC scientists have taken part in the initiative, with some being crowned the winners of their zone.
During 2014 we will be sponsoring a whole season of zones on the theme of big data. Starting with the ComputationalBio Zone in March, the season will introduce young people to some of the scientists, research and issues we face in the new era of bioscience research that involves big data.
The big data season will help students understand what big data and computational biology mean for the future of bioscience research and their own potential biology careers.