Thank you from your winner – Matt!

Students, we want to hear from you too! Click here to go to your profile survey and tell us what you think for a chance to win a £20 voucher! I would like to start by dedicating my win to science! Without science this competition wouldn’t exist (obvs) and so I wouldn’t be able to tell you how fab science is and how much I love it! It has been a really exciting 2 weeks of chats and questions; I especially enjoyed the questions on communism and penguins. There were some excellent questions, some downright weird questions, and some questions that made me second guess myself. But every question made me more excited to answer the next, and all the questions have given me a renewed enthusiasm for my work! I will go back into the lab reinvigorated, not to find a cure for cancer, (because I don’t do that and it’s too difficult) … Continue reading

Posted on June 29, 2017 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

And the winner is…

The students have spoken. The votes have been double counted… Big congratulations to the Actinium Zone winner: Matt Lee Hard luck to Adam Hargreaves but a huge thank you to everyone who took part. You were all brilliant. Students, don’t forget to tell us what you think about science now you’ve taken part. Log in to your profile, and fill in the new questions at the top, to be in with a chance of winning a voucher.

Posted on June 23, 2017 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

The next scientist out is…

We’ve counted, checked and rechecked the votes and now reveal it’s game over for… Deborah Aitken This leaves just “chocolate, running, hot-chocolate” Matthew Lee and “funny, tenacious, passionate” Adam Hargreaves to fight it out for the £500 prize tomorrow. Who would you like to see win tomorrow’s final battle? VOTE

Posted on June 22, 2017 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

The second scientist evicted is…

We’ve counted the votes and you’ve now evicted… Samantha Ahern The two scientists left standing after tomorrow’s eviction will battle it out in Friday’s final. Who do YOU want to see in the final? VOTE for your favourite! Students, has taking part changed your view of science and scientists? When you next log in and visit your profile, you’ll see new questions at the top. Fill in the questionnaire to be in with a chance to win a voucher.

Posted on June 21, 2017 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

The first scientist evicted is…

The first scientist you’ve evicted is… Adele Wratten One scientist will be evicted every day this week, and you get a new vote each day. Make sure to VOTE to keep your favourite in the competition. A student in each zone will win a voucher for asking great questions! And remember, you can comment on questions the scientists answer. Do you think the scientist is right? Do you disagree with them? Tell them!  

Posted on June 20, 2017 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

Who’s Taking Part: June 2017

The Actinium Zone is funded by Wellcome. The Scientists Samantha Ahern | University College London I tell stories using data to explain phenomena Matt Lee | University of Bristol I throw proteins at cancer cells to make them tell me how exercise and food make cancers, an Olympic athlete or a couch potato! Deborah Aitken | Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital I use robotic patients to teach young people health skills Adele Wratten | Mott MacDonald I assess the environmental impacts from new developments Adam Hargreaves | University of Oxford I love weird animals, at the moment I’m trying to exploit the defences venomous snakes have to protect themselves from their own venom to help treat snake bites in humans The Schools Ardrossan Academy, Ardrossan Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, West Midlands Court Fields School, Somerset Downend School, Bristol Ethos College, West Yorkshire Harton Technology College, Tyne and Wear International Academy of Greenwich, London Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Warwickshire Reepham … Continue reading

Posted on June 1, 2017 by modmichaela in News | Leave a comment

New design for I’m a Scientist

We’re about to launch our new site design. We’re going to make it live for the June event, and you will get to see it in situ. So next time you log in things might look a bit different. For the past few months we have been working in the background to develop a new look for our site to make it a bit more modern, a lot better on mobile devices and and much easier for us to update. We’re still testing before going live on a site with an event so if you spot anything that looks rubbish or even worse doesn’t work, please email and let us know there’s a problem. Send an email to with a URL, screenshot and what you think isn’t right. It would be much appreciated.

Posted on May 15, 2017 by in News | Leave a comment