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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 online Zoom webinars. All are welcome – including senior school pupils interested in a career in healthcare.

2020/2021 Public Lecture Series

Thursday 14 October 2021
Genetics and human evolution
View a recording of this lecture
Professor Matthew Cobb
University of Manchester
Thursday 11 November 2021
Celebrating the centenary of insulin discovery - where next?
View a recording of this lecture
Professor F. Susan Wong and Dr James Pearson
Cardiff University
Thursday 13 January 2022
Air Pollution and Public Health: how is the UK doing outside the EU?
View a recording of this lecture
Professor Frank Kelly
Imperial College, London
Thursday 17 February 2022
It's about time: How early changes at the synapse may impact Parkinson's disease
View a recording of this lecture
Dr Dayne Beccano-Kelly
Cardiff University 
Thursday 24 March 2022
Changing Minds about Changing Behaviour: Five Ways to Better Health for All
View a recording of this lecture
Professor Dame Theresa Marteau
University of Cambridge
Thursday 7 April 2022
From literature to lockdown - using science to respond to pandemics
View a recording of this lecture
Dr Chris Williams
Public Health Wales

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.

2022 dates

Science in Health Live 2022 took place on Wed 16 - Thurs 17 March.


You can view recordings of the 2022 Science in Health Live sessions on our YouTube channel.

More information

Science in Health LIVE 2022 information leaflet

Information and booking instructions for our 2022 event.

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to put our on-site work experience programme on hold. However, we are able to offer a virtual work experience programme as an alternative. This will take place over the week of 5-9 July. Please feel free to submit your applications and we will keep you fully updated.

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 2021 applications is 30 April 2021.

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