The conference, presented by over 100 volunteer scientists and healthcare professionals will introduce the variety of scientific careers available to young people. The event will welcome more than 400 pupils (years 9-11) from 19 participating schools and colleges across London.
The conference is designed to inspire attendees to study science, demonstrating the importance of scientific discoveries in everyday life and showcasing some of the exciting and rewarding careers on offer.
The theme was chosen to celebrate the vital role scientific discovery has played in new developments in the NHS producing cutting-edge treatments such as gene therapy and new diagnostic tests.
One of the annual highlights is the presentation session where pupils will present the projects they have done at school or in Science Club. The best projects will be awarded The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine Don Henderson Trophy.
Pupils will also be able to visit interactive stands including an interactive “Organ Workshop” run by the Royal College of Pathologists which will ask people: “Do you know where your liver is and what job it does? Would you donate a kidney?” The friendly team of pathologists will first challenge pupils to work out where each organ is found in the body, then to match the organ to the fruit to guess its weight! There will also be a group activity about organ donation.
The keynote speaker Christopher Kelly, clinician, machine learning scientist, and researcher from DeepMind will be talking about “how artificial intelligence can be used in healthcare”. In his talk, Dr Kelly will discuss his experience as a surgeon and how the work being carried out by DeepMind aims to use AI to transform the healthcare sector - from building algorithms to detect eye disease, to designing technology that detects patient deterioration.