Nobel prize ceremony tops off the year for Aussie science students

To top off their final year at high school two 2014 NYSF students headed to Sweden early in December to take part in the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS).

Matt Snell and Dechlan Victory in Stockholm for the 2014 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar

Matt Snell and Dechlan Victory in Stockholm for the 2014 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar

Facilitated through the NYSF’s International Program, Matt Snell from Shepparton, Victoria and Dechlan Victory from Adelaide, South Australia were selected to attend the SIYSS after applying for a spot in one of the international programs in February. Both attended the NYSF in January 2014 and were advised of their successful selection in March, so it has been a long wait for them. NYSF students selected for other NYSF international programs travelled in May-July to South Africa, Canada, Copenhagen, Boston and London.

Having finished their year 12 studies, both of these young men were excited to be heading off to Stockholm, despite the extreme cold they will face.

Before he left Matt Snell commented, “In some ways it is a daunting feeling to be heading to Europe for a month, with only one of my peers for company. Yet, at the same time, I am extremely excited. I have been preparing all year for this program by fundraising, writing the presentation for the seminar, and planning for the trip. Now I am finally able to make use of it all.”

Spending time with 25 students from all over the world, who are passionate about the same thing – science

Matt says he is most looking forward to experiencing the mix of cultures at the Stockholm Seminar. “Spending time with 25 students from all over the world, who are passionate about the same thing – science – is a very unique opportunity. Add to that the chance to meet Nobel Laureates … I really can’t wait!”

The SIYSS is a week-long event for young scientists and is held in conjunction with activities related to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies, including attending the Nobel Ball. As well as a comprehensive social program, the students will attend lectures and seminars, and make a presentation of their own research.

Matt was interviewed by ABC Shepparton before he left for Stockholm. Listen to the interview here.