When you think of Einstein do you picture an old man with frizzy white hair, twinkly eyes and possibly sticking out his tongue? Well this is not the Einstein who made the momentous discoveries about gravity in 1905 – he was a young man of 26 then! When we talk about early career researchers, people usually think of people in their 30s, possibly 20s. But we are thinking about the many students of high school age around the world who have had their research published in Young Scientists Journal.
Carrying out original research at this young age means we are free to think-outside the box and can push the envelope out when exploring new ideas without having to worry about professional expectations. We are told by our mentors that this makes us young scientists more creative and risk-taking, even though we might not know as much – yet.
All good research deserves to be published so that it contributes to the advancement of global knowledge and so that others can learn from it. It also establishes ownership in the event of it being truly ground-breaking. That’s why Young Scientists Journal exists (the chances of getting published in journals such as Nature are slim!): Young Scientists Journal remains the world’s only peer-review science journal written, edited and run by school-age students, and is the leading publication for this ‘early career research’. This research doesn’t need specialist equipment or professional expertise. We’ve published some great research which didn’t involve huge budgets just take a look through our website www.ysjournal.com
So, why is Young Scientists Journal holding a conference? We think it’s important to bring enthusiasts for science and its related fields together so that they can meet, discuss, share their ideas and learn from others. We want to showcase the best research going on in schools by inviting students to bring posters about their projects and present them. We also want to glean from some of the dynamic communicators in science out there who can share some of the work they are doing in the science world and pass on their expertise to us about studying, writing and speaking about science.
Our team of editors, web developers, communicators and others look forward to welcoming you, our fellow students, to the conference and sharing together the great science going on in schools.