Science in Health webinar attracts a worldwide audience
16 Gorffennaf 2020
The Science in Health team in the School of Medicine held a LIVE interactive online session on Wednesday 8 July with participants from right across the world.
The event was aimed at all year 12 students and gave them the opportunity to meet a range of our researchers (including scientists working on COVID 19), participate in an online science quiz, ask questions of an expert panel and be taken on a virtual lab tour.
Over 500 participants logged into the webinar from as far afield as Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, India, and the USA.
The event started with a series of 'Discover Research' question and answer sessions. Dr James Matthews conducted interviews with some of our senior researchers from a range of backgrounds and invited questions from the audience.
Those interviewed were Dr Lisa Hurt (Division of Population Medicine), Dr Alan Parker (Division of Cancer and Genetics), Professor Awen Gallimore (Division of Infection and Immunity) and Professor Jon Bisson (Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences).
Each gave a fascinating insight into the research they are conducting, an overview of their career journey to date as well as answer live questions coming in.
This was followed by a short break where the audience was encouraged to take part in an online science quiz with prizes for the highest scores.
We were then treated to a 'virtual tour' of one of our research labs. Post doctoral fellow, Wioleta Zelek, recorded a fantastic video showing the inside of a working lab and taking us through some of the work she is carrying out during the current pandemic.
Finally, we had an expert panel made up of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, lecturers and admissions staff who answered a variety of questions coming in from the audience.
The event was seen as a huge success and initial feedback from the audience consisted of 'inspiring', 'eye-opening', 'interesting', 'amazing', 'helpful', 'engaging' and lots more.
The Science in Health team are hopeful that this will be the first of many online events.