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STEM Conference 2015

1 July 2015

Photo of sixth formers at interactive demo at STEM conference

Over 400 students from St David's Catholic sixth form college immersed themselves in a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) topics on Friday 19th June, as part of the University's annual STEM conference.

Students participated in hands-on workshops and practical exhibitions which included a comparison of ECG recordings taken while resting, exercising or performing memory tests, a demonstration of how stem cells are helping the Brain Repair Group to develop exciting new therapies and insights into the work of the Cardiff University Otter group and researchers investigating molecules and mechanisms underlying joint disease.

The conference also increased awareness of  the range of career pathways in STEM areas, which culminated with an inspiring and stimulating account from Dr Niall McCann. Niall combines a highly successful media career which includes starring in the global wildlife adventure series, "Biggest & Baddest", with his work as a conservation researcher.

Professor Peter Kille, Strategic Director of Education in the School of Biosciences, said "It is wonderful to host this STEM event in the School of Biosciences and have the opportunity to inspire a new generation of scientists. I look forward to having these students as part of Cardff's student body where they can be in an environment where they can embrace their passion for science "

Sue Diment, Schools Partnership Officer at Cardiff University, said: "Last year's STEM Conference was a great success and really demonstrated what can be achieved with effective partnership working. This year the event has grown to include more academic schools and research institutes from across the University. The event leads, Dr Chris North, Dr Fiona Wyllie and Mrs Cherrie Summers, from the University, and Hilary Griffith from St David's College, have worked hard to develop the infrastructure and resources that will hopefully support the Conference to become a  key event in the University's annual school engagement programme."

Hilary Griffiths, Assistant Principal at St David's College, added: "This is the second STEM Conference that Cardiff University has hosted for our students who follow STEM subjects in the college.  Last year's conference was a most worthwhile experience for them and they left the event buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm. 

"They had been clearly motivated by the total experience of being involved in a variety of workshops, lectures and practicals but also being able to have conversations with postgraduates and lecturers who are experts in their field and who are carrying our cutting edge research. Our partnership with Cardiff University is extremely important to the college and grows from strength to strength.  We are very grateful for their support."

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