About ISSF

International Students Science Fair (ISSF)

The ISSF was conceived in 2004 by four schools: The Australian Science and Mathematics School, Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Thailand, Korean Science Academy and Ritsumeikan High School, Japan. The ISSF has operated successfully since 2005, and has attracted the participation of many schools across the world.

The International Student Science Fair

The International Science Schools Fair is the major annual event promoted by the ISSN. The ISSF provides a unique forum for budding scientists to display their inquiry skills and defend their findings in a non-competitive environment. The event provides students from around the world valuable opportunities to work in collaborative settings to exchange ideas, hone their research techniques and engage their inquisitive minds in the fields of mathematics, science and technologies with like-minded peers. Opportunities are provided that extend student thinking, allowing them to use their knowledge in interesting ways and encourage all participants to explore their ethics and assumptions in the application of mathematics, science and technology. In particular, the team-work in problem solving and sharing sessions gives students and educators the opportunity to work with peers from different nations, thus promoting the inter-cultural understandings needed in the 21st Century. A significant component of ISSF is the cultural and social interactions which help develop friendships and collaborative opportunities amongst our students and educational leaders which may be the basis for future co-operation and study.

Goals of ISSF

To provide students with opportunities to:

  • Effectively communicate scientific knowledge and concepts to an international audience;
  • Think critically about how effective leadership in science can provide solutions to complex societal issues;
  • Make cross-cultural connections with gifted science students, teachers and principals.
  • The ISSF also aims to build the capacities of participating science educators through leadership programs for teachers and educational leaders. Through these formal and informal programs, science educators can engage in professional discourse and develop ties with the counterparts from schools around the world.


Previous International Science Schools Fairs

  • 1st ISSF 2005 Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol Wittayanusorn School
  • 2nd ISSF 2006 Busan, South Korea, hosted by Korea Science Academy
  • 3rd ISSF 2007 Lucknow, India, hosted by City Montessori School
  • 4th ISSF 2008 Kyoto, Japan, hosted by Ritsumeikan Senior High School
  • 5th ISSF 2009 Singapore, hosted by National Junior College
  • 6th ISSF 2010 Adelaide, Australia, hosted by Australian Science & Mathematics School
  • 7th ISSF 2011 Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol Wittayanusorn School
  • 8th ISSF 2012 Winnipeg, Canada, hosted by Fort Richmond Collegiate
  • 9th ISSF 2013 Camborne, UK, hosted by Camborne Science & International Academy
  • 10th ISSF 2014 Moscow, Russia, hosted by Moscow Chemical Lyceum
  • 11th ISSF 2015 Melbourne, Australia, hosted by John Monash Science School
  • 12th ISSF 2016 Singapore, hosted by NUS High School Of Maths and Science
  • 13th ISSF 2017 Busan, South Korea, hosted by Korean Science Academy


Important Features of the ISSF

  • High quality keynote speakers and presentations
  • Student-led and conducted research project presentations
  • Student poster sharing
  • Cultural sharing and presentations
  • Collaborative student problem or challenge-based workshops based on emerging contemporary and interdisciplinary science themes decided by the host school
  • Industrial and cultural tours
  • Teacher professional workshops
  • Principal meetings and workshops
  • Social activities