BSPP Outreach heads to The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School

28 May 2014

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Credit: The University of Leeds (Gatsby Plants).

On 1st- 3rd July BSPP Outreach will be visiting The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School to run a session on plant pathology and careers with undergraduate Biology students.

This week-long residential summer school is: 'a unique opportunity for first year (or second year in Scotland) students to discover the challenges and opportunities of studying plant science, through talks from leading scientists, careers sessions, eye-opening practicals and thought-provoking discussions with researchers and peers'.

The summer school has inspired many of its students to include more plant science-based courses in their subsequent undergraduate study. Many have also gone on to plant science-based PhDs.

Dr Paul Beales (BSPP Outreach Mentor/FERA) will be running the plant pathology practical session. Katie Tomlinson (BSPP Outreach Officer) will be talking in a careers session on plant science and outreach careers.

Katie said: 'I'm looking forward to meeting the students and finding out their opinions on plant science and in particular plant pathology. I want to know which aspects of it they find interesting, as this could help shape future outreach work. It'll also be great to see what they discover in the plant pathology practical'.

The summer school has been running since 2005 and this year joins forces with its sister project Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS), which is based at the University of Cambridge (http://www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/outreach/gatsbyplants). Find more about the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School achievements in the paper: 'The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School: Inspiring the Next Generation of Plant Science Researchers'.