Finals of the Imagine School Competition 2012-2013

by Foundation Imagine Life Sciences

Disinfecting soap based on plants, a cheap way of purifying water or DNA analysis to reunite families after a civil war… Foundation Imagine Life Sciences links scientific research, education and development cooperation. Every year we organise the Imagine School Competition for high school students and leading scientists that want to make a difference. We challenge them not only to translate research from the Life Sciences & Technology field to a sustainable and innovative application, but also to write a business plan describing the implementation of this idea in a developing country.

By organising the Imagine School Competition we introduce Life Science & Technology to a new generation in an inspiring and fascinating way. We contribute to excellence in secondary education and show students the chances for their future. Moreover, we show the public what the challenges are in science in general and how science can contribute to society. Finally, we encourage scientists to use their expertise to help people in developing countries and create more knowledge and welfare.

This year we will celebrate our 10th anniversary! We would like to welcome you to the finals of the Imagine School Competition 2012-2013. Out of 24 business plans the reading committee selected 6 projects. Today these students get the chance to present their ideas to a Jury.

The finalists are (in random order):
The Arsenic Chameleon – A cheap, single use, battery free sensor with liquid crystals, to test drinking water for arsenic in Bangladesh.
Healthy people are happy people – A biological, disinfecting soap made from agricultural waste, to increase hygiene in hospitals in Bhutan.
Reunited by DNA analysis – Use of DNA analysis to reunite families after civil war in Burundi.
Think out of the bottle – Magnetic colloids for purification of waste water from industry in India.
Centaqua – Filtration system for drinking water to use at home in South Africa.
Based on Waste – Cultivation of iodine-rich oyster mushrooms to decrease iodine deficiency in Tanzania.

Please join the finals and find out which team will convince the Jury and win the trip to a developing country!

The Programme:

12:15 - 13:00 Welcome
13:00 - 13:30 Introduction
13:30 - 13:55 Reunited (DNA analysis)
13:55 - 14:20 Think out of the bottle (Magnetic colloids)
14:20 - 14:45 Healthy people are happy people (Disinfecting soap)
14:45 - 15:05 Break
15:05 - 15:30 Based on Waste (Bio-conversion of agricultural waste)
15:30 - 15:55 The Arsenic Chameleon (Water sensor)
15:55 - 16:20 Centaqua (Membrane filtration system)
16:20 - 16:50 Jury consultation
16:50 - 17:10 Award Ceremony
17:10 - 17:30 Final words
17:30 Drinks