Weizmann UK Education Programmes

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Since its establishment the Weizmann Institute has had a profound commitment to education. It nurtures successive generations of young scientists by providing the highest quality graduate education as well as educating school children and the public about science. Weizmann UK aims to bring these educational opportunities to UK sixth-form students.

Safe Cracking Physics Competition - for Year 12


Each year Weizmann UK encourages Year 12 students (ages 16-17) to put their physics knowledge to the test by entering its annual Physics Safe Cracking Competition.

The competition sees teams of five students design and build a safe which has locking mechanisms based on the principles of physics.

Teams spend 4-5 months designing their uncrackable safes ready for the UK competition day where they participate in rounds of cracking and are judged by physics experts from the UK and Weizmann Institute of Science.

Three winning teams receive travel grants to enable them to participate in the International Shalhevet Freier Tournament at the Weizmann Institute of Science where they compete against teams from across the world and spend 4 days exploring the amazing campus.

The Weizmann UK Safe Cracking Tournament is CREST accredited and students who take part can use their work to gain a Silver CREST Award which is recognised by both UCAS and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.  The CREST scheme is run by the British Science Association and accredits science, technology, engineering and maths activities for young people.

The competition is a fun, unique way for students to see how the physics principles they learn about in the classroom have real world applications.

Download the Physics Tournament Handbook with details of competition milestones, rules of the competition and past case studies.  

To find out more please email scienceeducation@weizmann.org.uk

Dr Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute – for Year 13

The Dr Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) is a unique opportunity for Year 13 (ages 17-18) students to spend a month working as part of a research team alongside leading scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

As well as getting the chance to conduct real scientific experiments, students produce reports and present their findings to their peers before spending a week in a field school where they experience the diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and archaeology of the region.

Outside of lab time, students get the opportunity to visit different parts of the region including Jerusalem and the North of Israel whilst forging lifelong friendships with over 80 like-minded participants.

With thanks to generous philanthropists, each year Weizmann UK has ten scholarship funded places for UK students to participate in the ISSI programme. However we do ask students to give a minimum contribution of £450 towards flights and Insurance.

To see examples of projects completed by previous participants click here.

Read our guest blogs on what it is like to be on the programme from 2016 past participants, Adam Steinberg, Charlene Chau, Alessandro Giovannone and Charlotte Butterworth.

Kindly note applications have now closed for the 2017 ISSI.

Students who have been selected for interview will be notified early March. 

Interviews will take place at the Weizmann UK offices in London on Tuesday 28 March 2017

To find out if you are eligible and for more details please email scienceeducation@weizmann.org.uk

The Kupcinet-Getz International Summer Science School - for Undergraduate students

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Each summer, the Weizmann Institute of Science’s annual Kupcinet-Getz International Science School accepts a select number of outstanding undergraduate students to participate in research projects in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry or life sciences.

The programme is designed for undergraduates from all over the world, who are majoring in sciences, to experience working in a lab first-hand by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute.

This programme will help students shape their scientific course and reinforce their commitment to research as a career.

The programme is 8 weeks long and typically runs from June-August for undergraduate university-level students only. Participants must have completed at least one year of study – a set of grade transcripts will be required for the application process. Final year students may apply for the summer immediately after graduation.

Applications usually open in December for the following summer. For further information and to apply for the programme please visit the Weizmann Institute’s own website.

Please note: Weizmann UK does not process applications for this programme.  


Feinberg Graduate School - for Post Graduate students

Feinberg Graduates

If you plan to continue your studies as a post-graduate student and want to do so at one of the world’s leading scientific research institutes you should consider studying at the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Feinberg Graduate School.

Established in 1958, the Feinberg Graduate School continues to attract a student population of over 700 MSc and PhD candidates from Israel and over 25 other countries and is conducted in English.

To find out more about what makes the Feinberg Graduate School an excellent choice for further study, and to find out how to apply, please click here.

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