For the past 14 year, the International Student Science Fair has convened talented students and their amazing teachers and school leaders to share scientific knowledge and develop life long friendships. This year, we have 90 Students, 30 Teachers, and 32 Principals or school leaders representing 18 countries here in the USA! Five continents are reflected here in this room!
The theme for this year's ISSF is "to significantly influence life on our planet through cooperation and collaboration."
The phrase, “significantly influence life on our planet,” has its origin in IMSA’s philosophy coined by our founder, Leon Lederman, Nobel Prize Physicist, who said,
If we do what we know and feel is right, it is bound to happen that among our graduates there will be numbered scientists, engineers, and those who go on to earn degrees in law and letters. There are likely to be those few who create new intellectual worlds, cure a dreaded human ailment, or in some other way significantly influence life on our planet. Our philosophy will be to treat our charges as if each one is capable of this extraordinary achievement.
Torres, José M., "ISSF 2018 Opening Ceremony" (2018). Keynotes, Speeches, and Lectures. 12.