About the Awards
Increasing diversity and engagement in STEMM
Since our pilot in 2015, we are delighted that over 1800 young people across the UK have now taken part. Students can get involved through their school or college, or can sign up as independent candidates.
The Youth STEMM Award is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Samantha Fox and Dr Simon Fox. Samantha gained her PhD at the John Innes Centre and has 20 years of experience in scientific research and educational outreach. She is passionate about increasing equality and diversity across the whole STEMM sector. Simon is deputy principal of a large sixth form college, has a wealth of education leadership across many settings and is committed to increasing the number of enthused young people coming through the STEMM supply chain. We are supported by a number of high profile organisations and individuals who share our passion for increasing opportunities for young people in STEMM.
What does STEMM stand for?
Professor Ben Garrod
Evolutionary Biologist, Broadcaster, Author.
Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Communication at University of East AngliaVisit Professor Ben's website here
Ben specialises in studying evolution and what causes species to change over time. He has lived and worked with chimpanzees in Africa, orangutans in Asia and polar bears in the Arctic. He has also worked with monkeys in the Caribbean and even dinosaurs in South America. Ben is also an award-winning BBC science presenter and has written numerous books for young scientists.
“I am from Norfolk, I love Norfolk and I want to encourage young scientists in Norfolk. We each have the potential to be anything we want, no matter who we are or where we are from and the YSA promotes that at every opportunity. They work hard to help every young person see their potential.”
Mark has inspired millions of viewers to get out and enjoy the night sky through his role as a presenter on the RTS nominated show BBC Stargazing Live. His passion for reaching out to a new audience has found him working on The One Show, the Alan Titchmarsh show, Channel 4 documentaries and more recently on ITVs prime time breakfast shows This Morning and Good Morning Britain. Along with his TV work, he is a popular guest on BBC Radio Five Live as a ‘Midnight Expert’, has now published four popular astronomy books and is now touring his sell out ‘Spectacular Science Show’ at theatres and schools around the country.
“I was ten years old when I started getting excited by science. I saw Saturn through a telescope at my local astronomical society and from that day was utterly absorbed by the wonderment of not just the Universe, but all aspects of science. The Youth STEMM awards is a brilliant initiative to help and encourage youngsters of today focus on STEMM activity.”
Professor Mark Miodownik
Materials Engineer and Professor of Materials and Society,
Director of the Institute of Making, UCLVisit Professor Mark's website hereFind out more about Professor Mark here
Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is to be human. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, he is the author of Stuff Matters, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes.
“I love the YSA because it recognises that being a great engineer or scientist is not just about passing exams”
Maddie is a BAFTA-winning presenter and has amassed over 160K subscribers on her YouTube channel. She is one of the few family-focused “Edu-tubers” in the UK. She is the host of the CBeebies TV series “Maddie’s Do You Know?”, BBC Earth’s “Earth Unplugged” and Fully Charged’s YouTube series ‘Maddie Goes Electric’. Her YouTube channel is also the home of “Let’s Go Live with Maddie and Greg”, a science series suitable for all ages.
“When I was younger, I loved taking part in after-school drama clubs, sports, and outdoorsy challenges but there was never anything to satisfy my passion for science! I really believe that extra-curricular activities not only give us an opportunity to explore learning in our own unique ways, but provide a sense of what a career and a life surrounded by that thing could be like.”
Professor Danielle George MBE
Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, University of Manchester. President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Presenter of the Royal Institution 2014 Christmas LecturesFind out more about Professor Danielle here
Danielle is passionate about raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering has on all aspects of our everyday lives and highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in engineering can offer.
“The YSA gives young people the chance to show how their creativity and curiosity can change the world. We are all born scientists and engineers because we all ask the fundamental questions “Why” and “How” at an early age. The YSA creates an environment for young people to be curious.”
Dr Marty Jopson
Science TV Presenter, Live Show Performer, Writer, Prop Builder and all round Science FanaticVisit Dr Marty's website here
Marty is resident scientist on BBC’s The One Show and has entertained uncountable children and family groups with scientific shows all over the country. Marty studied for his PhD at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
“I’m excited by the potential the YSA offers to students in the UK, we live in a scientific and technological world, encouraging young people to take an interest and maybe a career in STEMM has never been more important. To be part of our 21st Century democracy it is vital we have scientifically literate citizens and the YSA gives students the chance to become just that.”
Dr Marcia Philbin
Chief Executive at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical MedicineFind out more about Dr Marcia here
Marcia is the Chief Executive at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
“I love the saying ‘bloom where you are planted’. I have done just that. I do not see barriers, I see opportunities for growth.”
Marcia Philbin is atypical. Her parents came from Jamaica and settled in Birmingham. She inherited their work ethic and belief in the transformative power of education. That is why she is a black female scientist with a PhD in chemistry who is now the Chief Executive of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, an influential body for doctors who develop new medicines.
“Where others see challenges, I see opportunities and always ask myself, “why not give it a go?” because that is how we can change things for the better.”
Biologist, naturalist and wildlife presenterVisit Lizzie's website here
Lizzie is a biologist, naturalist and wildlife presenter from Cardiff. Having worked on CBeebies, CBBC, National Geographic and now for BBC Earth Unplugged, Lizzie hopes to inspire others to involve themselves in scientific endeavours. Lizzie is also an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute UK and the Marine Conservation Society.
“It’s so refreshing to hear about the Youth STEMM Award. This great initiative has a focus on pushing young people to work towards their passion. A curiosity for the natural world has got me to where I am today and finally there is an opportunity for future STEMMers that ensures they can flourish.”
Nira is a mathematician and is President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (2020-2021).
“I like to talk, walk, eat and sleep mathematics! Why? Because Mathematics is the greatest subject in the world!”
In 2018 he was voted the World’s Most Interesting Mathematician and in the same year was the 5th Most Influential Person of African/African Caribbean decent in the UK according to the Powerlist. His most popular public lecture talks are; “The Black Heroes of Mathematics” and “The Mathematics that can stop an AI apocalypse!” He is very “Proud to be a Mathematician!”
“You don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great mathematician!”.
You can hear Nira’s life story on BBC Radio 4 The life Scientific podcast.
University of East Anglia (UEA)
A UK top 20 university and part of one of the largest scientific communities in Europe
The UEA has a strong programme of outreach activity with secondary schools. One example of this is the Research Councils UK-funded ‘School:University Partnership Programme’. This is a partnership between UEA and seven secondary schools, a key aim of which is to bring research and research related activity into the secondary schools. Key activities of the partnership include 6th form conferences, science clubs and a Year 10 summer school. The partnership is also proud to support the Youth STEMM Awards.
Wellcome Genome Campus
Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology
The Public Engagement Team – part of Connecting Science – at the Wellcome Genome Campus is a group of passionate enthusiasts whose mission is to share the world of genomics science with public and schools everywhere. We do this through a range of live and digital experiences, all of which you can explore around this website. We’re lucky to share our mission with pioneering scientists in the world-class facilities of the Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute driving some of the most exciting (and potentially life-changing) science in the world. Kick started by the Human Genome Project, our campus has a rich history which you’re invited to come and experience.
As a species, our genomic data is unlike any other part of our being. It’s the basis of everything which makes us unique – setting us apart from our neighbours – and yet it embodies everything which brings us together. It is all of human history (past, present and future) as well as the stories of the living world around us.
Norwich Research Park
From the soil to our health, our vision is to change lives and rethink society through pioneering research and innovation, reframing the future of research.
We have 3,000 scientists, researchers and clinicians working at the cutting edge of understanding human, plant and soil health, food production and synthetic biology. They are part of a unique community that includes a major university teaching hospital (the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), a leading university (the University of East Anglia) and four internationally significant research institutes: John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute, Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory. Taken together, they form one of Europe’s largest centres for research, innovation, education and commercialisation in the food and health sector.
The world is facing some huge challenges such as; COVID19, food shortages, an ageing population and climate change. Norwich Research Park is playing a crucial role in finding solutions to these challenges.
John Innes Centre
A world-leading international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology
The John Innes Centre, a world-leader in plant science and microbiology is involved in cutting-edge, high quality fundamental, strategic and applied research. A key part of their mission is to inspire and train the scientists of the future and engage with the public. They are delighted to have supported the Youth STEMM Award since its inception and are committed to continuing to provide inspirational educational opportunities for our local community.
The Forum Trust
An independent, self-financing charitable organisation
The Forum Trust is the independent educational charity that runs the landmark Forum building in Norwich city centre. It’s the driving force behind the new Norwich Science Festival and has a strong interest in promoting involvement and understanding of science and technology.
Healeys is one of only ten printers in the UK to be certified as a Carbon Balanced Printer, by the World Land Trust. Being a Carbon Balanced Printer allows Healeys to carbon balance paper, print and the production and manufacturing of our printed material, with the World Land Trust. The World Land Trust, for whom Sir David Attenborough is patron, helps to protects endangered habitats and species around the world by purchasing land and supporting the local communities in protected areas.
Thank you Healeys for sponsoring our printed materials and helping us be carbon balanced.
The Big Bang Competition
Whether it's a brand new project, or has been completed as part of another competition, all science, technology, engineering and maths projects are welcome. The Big Bang Competition is open to all 11-18-year olds in full-time education or training.
• Allow young people to explore an area of interest and develop independent learning skills
• Compete for over £20,000 worth of amazing prizes, including the chance to be crowned GSK UK Young Engineer or GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year
• Opportunities to network with like-minded peers and STEM employers
• Boost profile of achievement on UCAS form or college application
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Norwich Museum and Art Gallery is a nationally significant museum of archaeology, fine and decorative arts, natural history and geology
It is one of Norfolk’s most iconic landmarks, now a leading regional museum with over 200,000 visitors each year. Norwich Castle offers major special exhibitions, a comprehensive schools programme and an inspirational events programme for museum visitors.
Norwich Castle keep was built by the Normans as a royal palace over 900 years ago but for most of its history, it was a gaol and prison. In 1894 the castle became the county’s principal museum and art gallery. Its collections are designated as being nationally significant and include archaeology, fine and decorative arts, natural history and geology.
Make Happen is the name of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) for Essex and is dedicated to inspire young people, raise their aspirations and promote interest in HE as a route to achieving their ambitions.
NCOP exists to widen participation to Higher Education by supporting the Government’s goals to:
-Double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
-Increase by 20 percent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups
-Address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE.
Based at The University of Essex, the Make Happen team lead on the development and implementation of outreach activity and the marketing and promotion of a range of events, activities and initiatives to achieve the stated objectives.
We represent a group of education providers and interested parties brought together with a common aim to widen participation and help young people – Make Happen.
Visit our website Makehappen.org and follow us @MakeHappenEssex
Hethel Engineering Centre
Hethel Engineering Centre is an award-winning innovation hub serving the high-performance engineering and manufacturing sector in the East of England. Hethel is committed to supporting the economic growth of Norfolk, and a key part of this involves supporting the development of STEMM skills in our local region. Hethel welcomes STEMM work experience students and offers programs to develop STEMM Skills such as our 2 day STEM Gamechangers course. We are proud to be a supporter of the Youth STEMM awards.
Institute of Physics East Anglia branch
The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. We have a worldwide membership from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government. Our purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. In our role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.
Alongside professional support for our members, we engage with policymakers and the public to increase awareness and understanding of the value that physics holds for all of us. The East Anglia region runs lots of public engagement activities with the aim to raise awareness of physics and inspire the next generation.
Check us out on Twitter at @IOPeast
Essex Education and Industry STEM Programme
The Essex Education and Industry STEM Programme delivers a range of large-scale, key sector-focused events in partnership with their local Colleges, Universities and industry, serving to highlight careers and learning options in or related to local key sectors to local secondary students.
In addition, they work with partners such as the Royal Institution of Great Britain to deliver their Engineering and Computer Science Masterclass Programme in Essex, plus their exciting and inspiring Science Shows, with STEMettes and Techgirls UK to focus on promoting tech careers to young female students, with ADS to deliver the regional Build a Rocket Competition event in the county, amongst many, many other things.
Central to what they do is the message that right there in Essex, on young people’s doorsteps, are a range of exciting and innovative key sector companies that they could one day find themselves working within.
Working with hundreds of new volunteers, the project will survey and record old orchard sites across the East of England, as well as research the social, cultural and economic history of fruit growing in the region. Results of these investigations will be widely shared through education and publication.
The project also hopes to restore important old orchards, and to create new examples, for the enjoyment of local communities. This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project.
Find them on Twitter @orchardseast
East Anglian Air Ambulance
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) provider for the people of East Anglia, and is a charity funded entirely by public donations. Since it began in August 2000 the crew has flown over 20,000 life-saving missions, delivering doctors and critical-care paramedics to patients as quickly as possible to help save lives. To sustain this service EAAA needs to raise £11.1 million in 2017. To find out more about the work the charity does and how you can get involved please visit www.eaaa.org.uk.
Norwich Science Festival 2017
Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October 2017
This autumn it’s your chance to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate some big questions with some big-thinkers, all at Norwich Science Festival 2017.
Enjoy nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science and engineering activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
The first and oldest of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts, working to protect the future of wildlife and to help people connect with and be inspired by Norfolk’s wildlife and wild places. It is supported by more than 35,500 members across the UK and 1,400 active volunteers.
NWT is a leading provider of outdoor learning and nature experiences in Norfolk through its visitor centres, school outreach, volunteering opportunities and the huge number of wildlife events on offer every year for all ages. The events, activities, educational courses and training give young people the chance to experience wildlife in their everyday lives, and help to nurture the next generation of naturalists, scientists, land-managers, environmentalists and more.
Join us online www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk and @SupportNWT.
Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO)
NEACO is a consortium of five universities and eight Further Education colleges across East Anglia, working to increase progression to Higher Education and degree level apprenticeships. It is one of 29 consortia across England which together form the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The programme aims to support the Government’s goals to:
· double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
· increase by 20 per cent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups
· address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE
NEACO works with students between year 9 - 13 living in 74 ‘target wards’ across East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough).