‘The most important thing one has to do in a situation is – as clichéd as it sounds – never to give up. If I had given up the first time I was unsuccessful, I would have dropped this project two years ago’
ELIF BILGIN AGE: 16
CURRENTLY ACING: Scientific discovery
HAILS FROM: Turkey
ROLE MODEL MATERIAL: The science student was the recipient of the Scientific American innovation award at the Google Science Fair 2013 for making use of discarded banana peels in the production of bioplastic. – heightened risk-taking, poor impulse control, selfconsciousness – shouldn’t be stigmatised. It actually reflects changes in the brain that provide an excellent opportunity for education and social development.’ Young women have much to teach us, especially teens who don’t question the validity of their voices or what they believe in because of any preconceptions of failure. There are plenty of examples. Here are 12.