A project engaging budding young scientists from across the UK with the subject of global environmental challenges has been hosted by Aberdeen University.
The five-day Headstart programme, on the theme of Energy and the Environment, attracted 32 pupils aged 16 to 17.
Now in its second year, the initiative is part of a national scheme developed by the Engineering Development Trust and endorsed by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Led by staff from the university's college of physical sciences, the project encouraged the pupils to explore how we interact with our environment and natural resources.
Lynda Storey, Headstart co-ordinator at Aberdeen University, said: "The programme is designed for talented youngsters with an interest in science and engineering. The purpose of the scheme is to develop their knowledge and understanding of how our actions and energy needs are likely to shape the environment for future generations. This year's initiative also focused on the role that physical sciences and engineering will play in finding solutions to these global challenges."
The programme of events included field trips to Aberdeenshire beaches, presentations by experts from the university and a visit to Shell's Aberdeen headquarters.