59th London International Youth Science Forum receives UNESCO patronage

The 59th London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) took place in London this July under the Patronage of UNESCO in recognition of its contribution to developing the next generation of scientists.

UNESCO Patronage is the Organisation’s highest form of support for exceptional activities that further UNESCO’s mandate to build peace in the minds of men and women.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, said:

“I am delighted to support the 59th London International Youth Science Forum. […] Events such as LIYSF provide a fantastic platform for young people, from all over the world, to come together and share ideas. I would like to welcome all the participants to the UK for this great event. I hope you enjoy this fantastic experience and make the most of all the opportunities available to you.”

The two-week forum based at Imperial College London brings together 500 young scientists (16-21-year-olds) from 75 countries to participate in a packed programme of lectures, demonstrations and site visits to research centres, scientific institutions, laboratories, and universities. The theme of the 2017 LIYSF is “Science – Making Life Better”.

The key note of the opening ceremony of the Forum was given by Professor Hayat Sindi, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, CEO I2 & Diagnostics for All. Her lecture focused on the importance of science to solve the world’s most difficult challenges. LIYSF has published the top five points from her speech to young scientists in a blog. The five key points are: Don’t blindly follow what other people are doing; remain who you are and have confidence in your abilities; being smart isn’t enough; don’t underestimate your ability to help, and observation is the fuel for imagination.


The UK National Commission for UNESCO provided advice and guidance to the Forum through the UNESCO patronage process.  You can read more about UNESCO patronage on our website.