Ask a scientist 

Join ZSL live online, from your classroom or from home, and allow your secondary school students to meet a ZSL expert.  

These free interactive, online chats, are run during Biology Week (October) and British Science Week (March) each year.

Our early career scientists will describe their experiences working in conservation science, discussing topics such as the process of scientific investigation or how the decisions they've made (which subjects to study, what work experience is necessary) have helped to get them to this point.

A key component of these sessions is the opportunity for your students to ask their own questions and ask what is important to them (whether that be careers advice, questions about conservation or whether fieldwork is as glamorous as it looks on TV!)

Bookings now open

Sessions are up to 30 minutes long and are now bookable for 17, 18 and 19 October 2023. Bookings will close on Thursday 12 October. 

One session can accommodate up to 90 students across a maximum of three classrooms, or students may join from individual devices. A maximum of three sessions may be booked per school across the three days. (Please note any bookings exceeding this limit will be cancelled). 

Each session will be run via Microsoft Teams into a classroom. No other platforms are available. If students are calling in individually (e.g. from home), it is the responsibility of the facilitating teacher at school to adjust the settings on Teams accordingly to ensure students' personal details are not shared. 

One your ticket has been booked, we will send you further information about the scientist your class will be meeting, so that your students can prepare their questions in advance.

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ZSL scientists meeting digitally meeting students

Preparing for your scientist Q&A

Equipment you will need for this session

  • The necessary permissions to access Zoom in your classroom or via remote learning with your class
  • An internet connection
  • Computer with microphone and speakers
  • A webcam
  • Interactive White Board (or another way to display the picture in a classroom setting)
Please ensure you read our Code of Conduct for online events before attending the event: