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The Science Centre, Uppingham School, 26 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9UD
East Midlands branch

A competition for secondary school students in celebration of British Science Week 2020

Event outline

This annual event aims to encourage students to go beyond what they are taught in lessons and explore a chosen theme in a way that interests them. 

The theme this year is "Our Diverse Planet", and will encourage younger students (years 8-10) to produce a poster whilst older students (years 11-13) will submit an essay based on the theme prior to the event. Teachers are encouraged to submit essays and posters in advance of the event to Rosemary Hall at and the work will then be judged by a professional panel who will also quiz students on the day.

The competition will be followed by a topical lecture and the awarding of prizes. The winning student in each section will receive a £50 prize, courtesy of Uppingham School.

Parents and teachers are also welcome to attend and a buffet lunch will be provided.

Posters and essays

Posters should be submitted by students in years 8, 9 or 10 on any aspect of biology that interests them and would fit this year's theme of 'Our Diverse Planet'. They should include some original drawing and should be brought on the day in size A1. Students can enter the poster competition as individuals or in pairs.

Essays should be submitted by students in years 11, 12 or 13 on any aspect of biology that interests them and would fit into this year's theme of 'Our Diverse Planet'. They should be no longer than two sides of A4, and a maximum of two illustrations will be allowed. Students should enter the essay competition as individuals and essays should be submitted to before Friday 6 March, including the name of the school and associated teacher.

Booking and cost

This event is free to attend, and advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page.
The event organisers will require the email address of the booking owner in advance so essays can be passed on to the judges before the day. To do this, please consent to data sharing upon booking.


For event enquiries and to submit posters and essays, please contact Rosemary Hall at
For booking or website queries, contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.

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