Engaging young people with science is extremely important. Meeting and interacting with real life scientists not only inspires students to study biological sciences, it also helps them to understand how research can impact future developments. Students often say, especially on UCAS forms or apprenticeship applications, that listening to or meeting an inspirational speaker has a major impact on their career choices. By talking to students about your scientific career, you can introduce them to career options they hadn’t previously considered, or encourage those considering science as a career to pursue their goals.

We have created some tips to help you plan and deliver your science talk to school children aged between 16 and 18 years. 

Use the links below for further information and resources for delivering talks in schools. 

Useful websites

Speakers for Schools – This website has useful tips and guidelines for speakers and host schools

Become a STEM ambassador – engage with young people and keep up to date with opportunities from teachers and schools

National Co-Ordinating Centre for Public Engagement – tips for creating an engaging talk

Biology Mad – See a list of biochemistry topics covered in schools for children aged between 16 and 18 years

Speakezee – A searchable database of academic expert speakers