Mullard Space Science Laboratory

M S S L  N E W S
03 August 2005

MSSL welcomes the London International Youth Science Forum

Yesterday MSSL welcomed a visit from 40 international students taking part in the London International Youth Science Forum. The forum gives the students the opportunity to explore many aspects of science over a 2 week period. They also benefit from living together in London University Halls as an international community.

During their visit to MSSL they received a welcome from Dr. Andrew Coates and Prof. Alan Smith, and also talks about solar activity, tropical storms, and the Swift and XMM-Newton missions. These were followed by a tour of the laboratory facilities and an overview on MSSL's involvement in the Cassini-Huygens and Cluster missions.

The visit to MSSL enabled the students to learn about not only about the world leading space engineering and research carried at MSSL but it also gave an insight into career possibilities in this sector.

The website for the LIYSF can be found here:


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About UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)

MSSL is the Space and Climate Physics Department of UCL and is situated in rural Surrey. The department moved from London to its present location in Holmbury House after it was purchased with funds donated by the Mullard electronics company. 150 scientists work at MSSL across several areas; solar and stellar physics, planetary and plasma physics, astrophysics, detector physics and climate physics. The laboratory houses world-class facilities to design, build and test instrumentation as well as to analyse the data taken by the instruments in space.

About The London International Youth Science Forum

The Science Forum each year brings together some 250 students of the sciences, from almost 60 countries in the 5 continents.

Participants join in a programme of:

• Lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists
• Seminars,debates and discussions on scientific topics of world concern
• Visits to industrial sites and research facilities
• Visits to academic research centres in London, Oxford and Cambridge
• Visits to the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum
• Social activities, including Discos, inter-hall competitions, a light-hearted International Cabaret, and an evening of Songs of Home.
• Optional sightseeing tours of London, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Windsor and Hampton Court
• Optional visits to some of the best shows in the London Theatre

Accommodation is in London University Halls of Residence. Meals are provided throughout the Science Forum. A free Travel Pass for the bus and underground train system in Central London is also included.

For two weeks, the participants living together as an international community, can exchange their ideas and experiences of the world to fulfil the aim of the Science Forum: to give a greater insight into science and its application for the benefit of all mankind.