Young Scientists of the Year

Special Events

Nominations for 2023 Young Scientists of the Year have closed. Look out for news about next year’s event.

We believe that hard work, commitment and achievement in science should be recognised. That’s why we run the Young Scientists of the Year celebration, which honours some of our most outstanding Year 13 science students in secondary schools across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Teachers can nominate up to three students based on a number of criteria:
• Enthusiasm and commitment to a subject
• Going above and beyond i.e. mentoring another student
• Being creative in their approach
• Progress made during their A-Level course (or equivalent)
• Overall excellence

Nominations should be made by completing the form on this page. The nominations for 2024 awards are not yet open, so keep an eye on this page or our social media for updates.

For further information please contact [email protected]

2023 Event Information

The Young Scientists of the Year were honoured in a memorable evening on 16th November, filled with inspiration, recognition and a celebration of scientific excellence. Along with awards and recognition of the young scientists, highlights of the evening included talks from STEM industry experts, who shared their valuable insights and experiences of their own STEM journeys; showcases of the latest advancements, breakthroughs and innovations in STEM disciplines; and networking with experts, educators and other young scientists while exploring the Science Oxford Centre. Read more here.


Past Events

The Young Scientists of the Year 2022 was held in-person on 16 November at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, supported by the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Research and Innovation and Bentley Motors. Teachers from over 30 schools across the two counties nominated nearly 60 students, describing them as committed, determined, hard-working, resilient, talented, enthusiastic, passionate, curious, supportive, and encouraging, and highlighted a strong foundation of talent in young people about to embark on STEM careers. Read more about the 2022 event here.

The Young Scientist of the Year 2021 took place virtually with special guest speakers from STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Dr Sean Ellis from University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, where they heard first hand about the development of AstraZeneca vaccine. We would like to thank all schools who nominated students, and our event sponsors. Find out more about the evening here.

Young Scientists of the Year 2020: Read what happened here.
Oxfordshire 2019 at the University of Oxford Museum Natural History Museum: Read what happened here.
Buckinghamshire 2019 at New Bucks University: Read what happened here.

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