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Science in Health

Science in Health

This programme aims to inspire the next generation of talent.

It covers four main areas:

  • public lectures
  • Science in Health Live!
  • lab work experience
  • Life Sciences Challenge

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 run from October to April and are free. All are welcome – including senior school pupils interested in a career in healthcare.

This year we are pleased to announce that our lecture series will return to 'in person' events and held on the Cathays Park campus. Their new home is the Sir Stanley Thomas OBE Lecture Theatre at the Centre for Student Life.

2022/2023 Public Lecture Series

Date and timeTitleSpeaker
Thursday 13 October 2022
Aspirin and cancer: Emerging Evidence
View a recording of this lecture 
Professor Peter Elwood
Hon. Professor, Cardiff University
Thursday 17 November 2022 18:45Let's talk cultured meat: reflections on the socio-politics of growing meat in vatsDr Neil Stephens
University of Birmingham (in conjunction with Wales Gene Park)
Thursday 8 December 2022 18:45Can families change? Implementing family programmes to support mental health across cultures
View a recording of this lecture 
Dr Yulia Shenderovich
Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health and Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement, Cardiff University
Thursday 19 January 2023
Cancer immunotherapy: significant breakthrough or unrealised potential?
View a recording of this lecture 
Professor Awen Gallimore and Lorenzo Capitani
Cardiff University
Thursday 2 February 2023
Multiple Realities: how our senses define our world
View a recording of this lecture 
Professor Guy Leschziner
Professor of Neurology and Sleep Medicine, King’s College London
Thursday 2 March 2023
Drug discovery - the journey from bench to bedsideDr Amit Aggarwal
Executive Director Medical Affairs, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

Science in Health Live!

Science in Health Live! has been welcoming pupils to Cardiff School of Medicine for over 25 years. The event has always taken place at Wales’ largest teaching hospital within National Science and Engineering Week.

It is aimed at students in Year 12 studying science and maths A levels and gives attendees the opportunity to discover more about the latest internationally recognised science discoveries taking place within healthcare.

2023 dates

We're pleased to announce that Science in Health Live 2023 will be back on the Heath Park campus. It will take place on 15 March 2023.

Register now

Science in Health Live - 25th anniversary

Video of Science in Health LIVE 2019.

Lab work experience

A coordinated and evolving programme of schemes to inspire year 12 students that are interested in a science or medicine-related degree.

Work Experience
Some of our work experience students getting hands on in the lab environment.

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

Please read this form carefully and fill in ALL sections.

The closing date for 2023 applications is 30 April 2023.

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.

How to enter

To enter a team (or several teams) in the preliminary online round, please email Closing date for entries is end of January 2023.

For further information about any of these activities please contact:

Medic Engagement