Public Understanding of Science in Health (PUSH)

This programme aims to inspire the next generation of talent.

It covers four main areas:

Public lectures

The Science in Health Public Lecture Series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of concern in health care and present new research on health issues to the public.

The lectures are held on Thursday evenings, running from October to June, usually in the large Chemistry Lecture Theatre of the University Main Building. The lectures are free and no booking is required. All are welcome – including senior school pupils interested in a career in healthcare.

Local year 12 and 13 pupils have the opportunity to meet with the speaker prior to the lecture. If you are a year 12 or 13 pupil and wish to meet with one of the forthcoming speakers, please contact Medic Engagement.

2017/2018 Public Lecture Series

Thursday 12 October 2017Mental Health and Genetics: what do we know?
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Dr Annie Procter,
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Thursday 9 November 2017Of mice and men: Why do they love cocaine?
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Dr Justin Cressey-Rodgers,
Hywel Dda Health Board
Thursday 7 December 2017Epilepsy: fits, faints and funny turns
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Professor Philip Smith,
Cardiff University
Thursday 25 January 2018Where next for medical research?
Panel Debate – perspectives from a Research Scientist, Clinician and Science Historian
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Dr Simone Cuff,
Cardiff University
Thursday 8 February 2018Advances in Imaging the Human Brain: the CUBRIC Story
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Professor Derek Jones,
Cardiff University
Thursday 8 March 2018Physical Activity for HealthDr Rhodri Martin,
Sports Wales
Thursday 22 March 2018Genome Editing: Its power to transform medicine and some potential pitfalls
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Dr John Parrington,
Oxford University

Science in Health Live!

Science in Health Live
Year 12 pupils engaging in one of our interactive displays.

This annual event involves five schools within Cardiff University (Medicine, Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences, Optometry and Vision Sciences and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), has been running for over twenty years.

Almost 1,000 year 12 pupils from across Wales and the border counties visit the School for this event to gain insight into our ongoing biomedical research.

The day includes:

  • laboratory tours
  • interactive exhibition areas
  • stand-up science comedy
  • short talks on various hot topics
  • a Science Theatre presentation demonstrating medical and clinical sciences in action
  • a closing career session on 'Where can science lead you?' whereby mobile phone use is positively encouraged in order to ask career-related questions.

Considerable efforts are made to ensure that pupils registered on the University’s widening access scheme, 'Step-up to University' are able to attend.

For any Science in Health Live queries or bookings please contact:

Health Events

Lab work experience

A coordinated and evolving programme of schemes to inspire local students and to maximize opportunities for them to pursue a career in science and/or medicine.

Lab work
Some pupils enjoying the hands on lab work.

The students receive a general introduction to the week including an outline of the nature of the work undertaken in the research laboratories.

The remainder of the week is set up whereby the students have a range of experiences working in teams with a number of different investigators and their research groups.

The students have opportunities to experience cutting edge-technologies like molecular biology, flow cytometry, DNA sequencing, egg micro-injection, virology, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, pharmacology and cellular immunology with research groups from across the school.

Importantly, the students have the chance of meeting PhD students and post-doctoral fellows many of whom are in the early stages of their career. On the final afternoon, the students come together to describe what they have learnt from the week and information is also provided on the UCAS application process.

Application form

Science in Health - work experience application form

10 April 2018

Please read this form carefully and fill in ALL sections.


The closing date for 2018 applications has now passed. Please feel free to apply for opportunities in 2019.

Life Sciences Challenge

An inter-school competition for year 10 pupils consisting of a quiz designed and delivered by both PhD students and early career researchers (Post Doctoral Researchers and Junior Fellows).

Life Sciences Challenge
Pupils taking part in the Life Sciences Challenge quiz.

These are individuals who are passionate about science, and have chosen to dedicate their lives to scientific research. They want to share this enthusiasm for trying to understand the natural world with pupils in Wales.

We hope that by giving pupils the opportunity to meet young scientists working locally, we will inspire them to consider the possibilities of scientific careers.

Some of the questions will follow the National Curriculum, but others may require knowledge gained from further reading/investigation.

Importantly, some questions will test pupils’ ability to analyse data and apply logic and learned knowledge to unfamiliar concepts. Questions will be largely Biology and Chemistry based, but could involve aspects of Physics and Geology where these pertain to understanding the living world.

News article

Image of Tryfan students receiving award

Future scientists of Wales took up the ‘challenge’

Life Sciences Challenge / Her Gwyddorau Bywyd 2017

For further information about any of these activities please contact:

Medic Engagement