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Do you enjoy doing science at GCSE?
Are you thinking of taking science A-levels?
Would you like to find out how Plant and Crop Sciences are helping toward sustaining a future supply of food globally?
The University of Nottingham's Summer School in Plants and Crops - Feeding the World is aimed at GCSE students who are particularly interested in science. It has been created to help you find out more about Plant and Crop Sciences and what it would be like to study a plant-related degree at University. The Summer School takes place between Wednesday 3rd July - Friday 5th July 2013 at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington campus near Loughborough, adjacent to Junction 24 of the M1.
The agricultural industry requires input of scientific advances in order to keep up with the demands of food supply and high quality scientists in the field of plant and crop science are essential to this process. Such challenges to produce more efficient, disease resistant crop plants which will feed an ever increasing population are at the core of modern plant science and represent an exciting and rewarding career.
The Summer School is being sponsored by several companies who work in the area of food and agricultural production including Syngenta, Unilever, KWS seeds and BASF.
What will I do at the Summer School?
You will experience a range of activities run by academics, recent graduates and post graduate students in which you can get to see a wide range of topics in modern plant and crop science. You will explore how plants are built of cells and examine the DNA they contain, see how plants get sufficient nutrients from the soil and how their roots function in the unseen worlds underground. You will find out of plants defend themselves against pests and diseases, how they grow by grabbing carbon dioxide from the air and how modern genetics and tissue culture can improve crops for the future.
Experience living and learning on campus
You will combine with students at the Summer School in Food Sciences to gain first hand experience of university life by staying in halls of residence for two nights at the Sutton Bonington campus of the University of Nottingham as part of the programme, you will enjoy a range of social and learning activities. Throughout the event there will be opportunities to interact with current students and to discuss their experience and perspectives on life and study at the University. 24-hour support will be on hand from our specially trained team of university staff and student ambassadors.
How do I apply for this Summer School?
The Summer Schhol is free and open to year 11 students who are on track to achieve A*, A or B grades in their GCSE science subjects. Places are limited and priority will be given to pupils who can demonstrate an enthusiasm to attend and who have written support from their science teachers.
If you are in Year 11 and you are interested in attending the 2013 Summer School in Plants and Crops please contact Susie Lydon.
If you are a company interested in sponsoring a participant to attend the 2013 Summer School in Plants and Crops please contact Susie Lydon.
University of NottinghamSutton Bonington Campus
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RD
telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6327