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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 are held on Thursday evenings, running from October to April, 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.

2019/2020 Public Lecture Series

Thursday 3 October 2019Healthy diets from sustainable food systems
Watch recording of sustainable food lecture
Dr Marco Springmann
University of Oxford
Thursday 14 November 2019Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA
Watch recording of DNA lecture 
Professor Gareth Williams
University of Bristol
Thursday 28 November 2019Huntington’s disease: can we train the brain?
Watch recording of Huntington's lecture 
Dr Emma Yhnell
Cardiff University
Thursday 23 January 2020Dyslexia: Myth, Gift or Disorder?
Watch recording of Dyslexia lecture 
Professor Maggie Snowling
University of Oxford
Thursday 6 February 2020Is obesity a choice?
View recording of obesity lecture 
Dr Giles Yeo
University of Cambridge
Thursday 12 March 2020Psychosis: Nature, Nurture and Neuroscience 
View recording of Psychosis lecture 
Professor Sir Michael Owen
Cardiff 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
  • short talks on various hot topics
  • 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.

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

10 April 2018

Please read this form carefully and fill in ALL sections.


The closing date for 2020 applications is 31 March 2020.

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 2021.

For further information about any of these activities please contact:

Medic Engagement