The RCSU Science Challenge 2008 was launched on Tuesday night, with a packed lecture theatre and 79 schools logging in remotely to view the presentation. The essay questions that were announced represent a wide range of science topics, reflecting the broad range of subjects taught at Imperial. The questions are:
- Dr Phillip Campbell (Nature): Should healthy people take drugs to enhance their cognitive abilities?
- Sir Brian Hoskins (Grantham Institute): To what extent is geoengineering the solution to the climate change problem?
- Dr Paul Snaith (Shell): Satisfying the world's spiralling energy demands whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions presents today's scientists with a seemingly impossible task. Discuss.
- Sir Richard Sykes (Imperial): How would knowledge of my genetic makeup affect my lifestyle?
- Professor Lord Robert Winston (Imperial): Ever since early humans invented the handaxe, technology has increased the potential to destroy mankind. Are we sowing the seeds of our own destruction?
The individual judges will be presenting seminars on the essay titles that they have chosen, and are recommended if you plan to enter. All the details of the seminars, and how to enter the competition can be found on the RCSU Science Challenge website.