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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.

We have made the decision to deliver our Public Lecture Series as virtual online events. Use the links provided below to register for the Zoom webinars and you will be sent details of how to join us.

2023/2024 Public Lecture Series

Date and timeTitleSpeaker
Thursday 12 October

Novel weight loss drugs for obesity

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Professor Colin Dayan, Cardiff University
Thursday 16 November 19:00

Let's talk cultured meat: reflections on the socio-politics of growing meat in vats

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Dr Neil Stephens
University of Birmingham (in conjunction with Wales Gene Park)
Thursday 7 December 19:00

When the drugs don’t work – how can advanced therapies be used to treat neurodegenerative disease

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Dr Cheney Drew, Cardiff University
Thursday 18 January

The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live

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Professor Daniel Davis, Imperial College, London

Thursday 29 February

The Future of Personalised Nutrition

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Professor Tim Spector, King’s College, London
Thursday 21 March

How research is critical to improving health and social care services in Wales

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Dr Natalie Joseph Williams, Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre, Cardiff University

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.

2024 dates

We're pleased to announce that Science in Health Live 2024 will take place on 13 March 2024.

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

The application process for 2024 Work Experience Scheme is now closed.

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 2024.

For further information about any of these activities please contact:

Medic Engagement