Schoolgirls were inspired by an open-air exhibition in Kings Cross promoting careers in science and research. 

Pupils from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Pentonville were among 900 youngsters who toured the three-day exhibition -  which turned the area into one of London’s largest outdoor galleries - to show what scientists are like.

The secondary school students were able to scan QR codes on images on display in St Pancras Square and Granary Square to read interviews with scientists originally published in Nature science magazine.

The display was staged by the Springer Nature international publishing group based in King’s Cross.

“Science and research are powerful tools for solutions to the climate crisis,” Springer Nature’s Joyce Lorigan said.

“We have published 70,000 pieces of climate research since 2015 but want to go further, bringing science to life by making it accessible and understandable and to inspire younger generations that anyone can have a career in science and research.”

The Garrett Anderson pupils were on a study day to create their own projects about earth sciences with the idea of maybe a career in research when they leave education.

A Saturday school set up by the Nature group has been giving English and maths tuition to 400 students over the past decade, along with staff also running a homework club for teenagers that includes giving mentoring to girls to consider careers in science.