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Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand
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Royal Society: International Expedition Prize - science in New Zealand

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This was the adventure of a lifetime for two young British science students James (Jamie) Stefanek and Elisabeth (Lily) Muller; winners of the 2008 Royal Society International Expedition …

This was the adventure of a lifetime for two young British science students James (Jamie) Stefanek and Elisabeth (Lily) Muller; winners of the 2008 Royal Society International Expedition Prize.

This once in a lifetime trip took them to remote locations including the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area (famous for its geysers and huge volcanic craters), and White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. They also visited the Royal Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology and Victoria University of Wellington to interact with other amazing student-scientists.

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  • 1. Royal Society International Expedition Prize 2008 Exploring New Zealand Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 2. Royal Society International Expedition Prize 2008
    • In March 2008 the Royal Society awarded its first Royal Society International Expedition Prize at the BA UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.
    • The award was created to recognise communication skills, creativity and the spirit of discovery in both the science projects and the young people that carried them out.
    • The Winners:
    • James (Jamie) Stefanek and
    • Elisabeth (Lily) Muller
    Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 3. The Trip – New Zealand
    • In December of 2008 Jamie and Lily embarked on the adventure of a lifetime as they began their travels across New Zealand.
    • The trip took them to remote locations including the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area (famous for its geysers and huge volcanic craters), and White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. They also spent time at the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.
    Monday, June 29, 2009 Aerial view of White Island
  • 4. The Adventure Begins… Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 5. White Island: New Zealand’s most active volcano
    • ‘ One of the most exciting mornings of my life!’ says Lily after they travel by helicopter all the way along the east coast to White Island.
    • Once landed they discovered the ground was riddled with geothermal features such as mud pools, fumeroles (gas geysers) and mineral rich hot springs. They learnt just how active and dangerous volcanoes are, as well as inherently unpredictable.
    Monday, June 29, 2009 Lily on White Island
  • 6. Volcanic Terrain on White Island Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 7. Presenting Science in The UK
    • Following their White Island adventure Jamie and Lily made their way to Wellington to present the projects which won them the expedition to 29 New Zealand students who had also completed CREST science projects.
    • Jamie said: “Everyone was extremely interested in our investigations, and it was great being able to share our scientific views with people from the opposite side of the globe.”
    Monday, June 29, 2009 Jamie & Lily
  • 8. Tongariro National Park Monday, June 29, 2009 Tongariro Crossing
  • 9. Tongariro National Park
    • ‘ One amazing hike!’ up to the summit of Tongariro itself gaining some stunning views of the volcano next door (Ngauruhoe) and a chance to play in the snow!
    Monday, June 29, 2009 Jamie on Mount Ruapehu Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom)
  • 10. Red Crater, Mount Tongariro Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 11. Taranaki Falls Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 12. The Liggins Institute
    • One of the world’s leading centres for research into foetal and child development, breast cancer and evolutionary medicine.
    • Jamie and Lily were given a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak with the Institute’s Chairman, Professor Peter Gluckman.”
    Monday, June 29, 2009 Exploring epigenetics at The Liggins Institute
  • 13. Kiwi Culture
    • Jamie and Lily also managed to visit the Waipoua Forest to see native thousand year old Kauri trees and visited Paihia , and then Waitangi where they learnt more about the indigenous Maori culture.
    Monday, June 29, 2009 The Hukka at Waitangi Treaty Grounds Waipoua Forest
  • 14. Beautiful Plants at The Auckland Domain Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 15. Tuatara at Rainbow Springs Nature Reserve Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 16. 2010 - Borneo In March Sam Bedford and Hannah Stuart were awarded the International Expedition Prize for 2009 and will be heading to The Royal Society’s SEARRP (South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme) in Danum, Borneo. Monday, June 29, 2009
  • 17. The Trip…
    • Established in 1985, the mission of SEARRP is to enable high quality pure and applied research in the rainforests of SE Asia.
    • Their goal is to contribute not only to the science base, but also to the conservation and sustainable use of rainforests.
    • The prize winners will be spending time with the scientists and research assistants there to observe and take part in the variety of fieldwork and research taking place in Danum Valley.
    Monday, June 29, 2009 For more information about SEARRP visit: http://www.searrp.org/

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