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NTC pupils present climate research at UK’s Royal Society in London

On Wednesday 6 March, students from Northfleet Technology College, North Kent will head to the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, to showcase their climate research at the annual student conference.

Over the past year, the students have been conducting research on biodiversity and climate change alongside Canterbury Christ Church University The project has been funded through the Royal Society Partnership Grants Scheme, which brings together researchers from universities or industry and local schools to undertake exciting, innovative science.

Our research and subsequent rewilding has meant that we are increasing the biodiversity of the nature reserve. The use of trees as a core element will provide a massive source of pollination for bees and other pollinators. This in turn will encourage insects, birds and small mammals to populate the nature reserve as the pollinators and eventual fruit will provide a source of food for them. These smaller animals will subsequently become a source of food for the larger mammals and birds of the area.

Alongside 17 other schools, they will exhibit their findings to leading research scientists, engineers and Fellows of the Royal Society, and answer their questions about the project as they would at any other scientific conference.

Michael Jones, Director of Innovation said: 'The project has enabled students to develop skills and investigate biodiversity, climate change and sustainability, areas that matter to them and the local community.

Working tirelessly, our students are recognised at an international level as winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize. This will provide opportunities for even greater application to sustainability solutions.

They have worked hard over the past year, so it is really exciting for them to be able to present their findings to world class scientists and Fellows of the Royal Society.'


For questions relating to the school and project, please contact:

Northfleet Technology College M Jones jonesm@ntc.kent.sch.uk or L Parr parrl@ntc.kent.sch.uk

For questions relating to the Partnership Grants scheme please contact:

Royal Society press office
+44 20 7451 2508 

Notes to editors

  • The Partnership Grants scheme offers up to £3000 of funding for schools to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry. The projects help students to develop key skills for the future and see a range of career opportunities. The scheme also provides opportunity to foster long-term working relationships between schools and STEM partners.
  • The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. http://royalsociety.org/  
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