The Year 12 student said the three-and a-half week trip left her prepared and excited to pursue her goal of a career in science.
‘My passion hasn’t changed, I’ve just seen more of the world and learnt what I like and don’t like,’ she said.
Clare said the forum included visits to departments in the Imperial College and Oxford University as well as the University College of London space science lab, where mechanical and electrical components were being built for satellites.
‘Not many people get the chance to see these research facilities, and it made me really appreciate the experience,’ she said.
Clare was among 30 students from the forum who continued onto Paris and Geneva, hosted by CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.
She said the group visited the largest science museum in Europe, Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie, and the underground Large Hadron Collider, which was the highlight.
‘Seeing the Large Hadron Collider was very overwhelming, it made me wonder how I could get involved in something as important as that,’ she said.
Clare said she was still confused about what she wanted to do after school, but knew that it would definitely involve science.
‘I’m definitely into science, it’s a great way to fix the world’s problems,’ she said.
‘I’m leaning towards physics because of its versatility, but I’m still not sure.’
She said she hoped to study at the University of WA next year and continue postgraduate studies in the UK.
The London International Youth Science Forum hosted 350 students from 58 countries in late July and early August.