The Science of Life 2016

Congratulations to the winners of The Science of Life 2016 competition!

Faster, Higher, Stronger…the motto of the Olympics and any athlete, whether they are competing in elite sports or aiming to achieve a personal best. In elite sports, competition has never been more fierce and the temptation to cheat (e.g. with performance enhancing drugs) all the greater.

To maintain the integrity of sport, athletes and coaches must adhere to strict ethical guidelines regarding their training and preparation for an event. Any violation of these rules will not only risk the athlete’s reputation, but could also seriously harm their health. Sports physiologists, therefore, play a vital role in providing them with the information they need to optimise the athlete’s physiology so that they can perform better, without contravening the rules.

We are inviting 16-19 year-olds to meet this challenge and investigate ways they can improve performance in a sport of their own choice. Projects in other areas of physiology are also welcome. Whatever the topic, students will be expected to illustrate how their findings could have a real-world application.

Entrants must develop a hypothesis of their own, design an experiment to test it and then submit their findings to The Physiological Society. If shortlisted, they will be invited to continue their projects and present their complete findings as a poster for final judging in London during July 2016. Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes will be awarded to the top three projects on the day.

All participants will also be eligible to enter their projects for a Silver CREST Award, which is a national award scheme run by the British Science Association and recognised by UCAS. 

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