Inspiring the Next Generation of Researchers

How do we get young people interested in considering a career in research?   What does research cover?  What do they need to find out about?

Well, year 11 pupils from several schools across Hertfordshire joined together to explore research at the University’s Research Exhibition for Schools. The special event, held as part of the University’s sixty year celebrations, aimed to inspire the next generation of researchers.

With interactive stands and exciting talks from senior researchers giving their personal insight into their specialist areas of research, the pupils had the opportunity to talk to professors and find out about research and what it covers.

From the many research stands available, the pupils met KASPAR, an interactive robot, designed to help children with autism to open up to their families and carers; they pictured themselves as an astronaut using a newly-developed video portrait system; the sky was brought to life by astronomers with a live link to our observatory at Bayfordbury.

Climate change, energy, engineering, healthcare, science and technology are just some of the areas where the University is breaking new ground for the benefit of people in our own country and across the globe.