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.
2019/2020 Public Lecture Series
|Thursday 3 October 2019||Healthy diets from sustainable food systems|
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|Dr Marco Springmann|
University of Oxford
|Thursday 14 November 2019||Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA|
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|Professor Gareth Williams|
University of Bristol
|Thursday 28 November 2019||Huntington’s disease: can we train the brain?||Dr Emma Yhnell|
|Thursday 23 January 2020||Dyslexia: Myth, Gift or Disorder?||Professor Maggie Snowling|
University of Oxford
|Thursday 6 February 2020||Is obesity a choice?||Dr Giles Yeo|
University of Cambridge
|Thursday 12 March 2020||Psychosis: Nature, Nurture and Neuroscience||Professor Sir Michael Owen|
Science in Health Live!
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 2019 - 25th anniversary
Science in Health Live took place on 13 and 14 March.
Science in Health Live 2020 will take place on Wed 11 and Thurs 12 March. To find out more about this event please contact the engagement team.
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.
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 deadline for 2019 has now passed, but you are able to apply for 2020.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for entries is end of January 2020.
For further information about any of these activities please contact:
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2074 2104